Alleged jammers held

2014-02-12 00:00

WHILE swimmers and spectators were enjoying the Midmar Mile over the weekend, a group of men from Durban used the opportunity to steal from cars.

Kerwin Mcallister, Clinton Heslop and Preoton Hoffenburg — aged between 23 and 29 and from Wentworth in Durban — have been charged with theft of swimmers’ and spectators’ valuables worth over R42 000.

A source close to the investigation said it is alleged that they were remote jamming cars left in the parking lot, then stealing items out of them.

The Witness has reported on several occasions about criminals using the same modus operandi, targeting travellers on the N3 between Durban and Johannesburg, and at malls and in town.

The men allegedly took iPads, iPhones, firearms, digital cameras, camping chairs, clothing, bags and even cooler boxes. It’s alleged that they stole from four cars.

According to Howick police spokesperson Captain Lolly Moodley, police received a complaint of theft from a car and a description of the suspects’ vehicle was given.

“The complaint was then relayed to the police on patrol in Midmar Dam. The vehicle was spotted near the exit of the dam and was then stopped and searched,” said Moodley.

He explained that they searched the vehicle and certain items were found, which the occupants were unable to account for.

“The occupants and the vehicle was then taken to the Joint Operational Centre where they were positively identified by the complainant. Three males were then charged,” said Moodley.

He added that they also discovered that certain items found in the vehicle were allegedly stolen on Saturday from other vehicles at Midmar Dam.

The group appeared in court and applied for a legal aid attorney. They will be back in court on February 18. The state is opposed to them being released.

The Witness reported last year that more than 10 vehicles were being remote jammed per day in the Pietermaritzburg city centre. It was alleged that the kingpin, linked to over 23 cases, was arrested.

The prime targets were women driving SUVs, especially Toyotas and BMWs, and the hot spots were Church, Retief, Boshoff, Langalibalele, Pietermaritz streets, Parklane Spar at the corner of Greyling and Chief Albert Luthuli streets, Poobie Naidoo Sports Shop in Boshoff Street, A.S. Chetty Building at 333 Church Street, any parking near Market Square, the temples on Langalibalele Street, near the Department of Home Affairs building at the top end of Church Street and at Midlands Liberty Mall.

On the N3, Dr Caroline Henderson from Johannesburg, who was the victim of remote jamming, lost a laptop worth thousands of rand.

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