Family wake to find dog dead, bakkie stolen

2010-07-15 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG resident came down from the World Cup finals with a bump when he awoke to find that his three-year-old Jack Russell had been poisoned and his new car stolen.

Ian Wilson watched the final with his wife Michelle and his 17-year-old son Shane on Sunday night. The family went to bed just after the match had ended. When Wilson got up at about 6.30 am and went to fetch his Witness, he saw his dog, Minky, lying dead in the driveway.

Wilson then saw that his brand-new Toyota Hilux had been stolen.

A veterinarian who examined Minky said the dog had been poisoned.

“She was our life and she was such a great watchdog,” Wilson said. “Whoever did this knew that she would have alerted us if there was a situation.”

Wilson said the criminals snapped the lock to get to the gate motor and opened his electric gate manually.

“It just amazes me that a brand-new car with a new, sophisticated locking and security system can be uplifted from a property like that,” said an astounded Wilson.

“The whole place is lit up at night. It was like somebody waved a wand and it was gone. Even the police are amazed.”

Wilson said he he suspects the vehicle was wheeled out of the premises as he did not hear the diesel engine starting. Furthermore, the alarm system on the Hilux did not go off, although it was activated, he said.

His wife, Michelle, said that she had heard of warnings of an increased crime rate during the World Cup as police officers were being deployed at fan parks and other public viewing areas over the month-long event.

“We haven’t had anything happen to us right up until the last day,” she said.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said police are investigating, but have not made any arrests.

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