Pyjama-clad girl chases car thieves on her scooter

2013-08-10 00:00

A 16-YEAR-OLD Pretoria girl was her mother’s knight on a maroon scooter this week.

Sherice Stone saw thieves taking her mother’s Mazda from outside their house and gave chase — in her pyjamas — on her scooter.

“I didn’t think, I just acted,” she said yesterday about Wednesday morning’s drama.

She just knew she wasn’t going to let the criminals get away with her mother’s car.

Her mother, Angelique Pretorius, who is a hairdresser, said she realised when she went out to take her toddler to nursery school that she had locked the key in her car and went back inside to find the spare.

Returning, she put the spare key in her handbag on the front seat.

At her son’s Wielie-Walie Pre-school, she left her handbag on the seat and the door unlocked as she took him inside.

“That was stupid of me,” she said, “but I thought it was safe in the school grounds.”

Back at the car, she realised her handbag with the spare key inside had been stolen.

She drove home and parked in the yard while she went to phone her mother to tell her what had happened. While she was on the phone, the same criminals used the spare key to steal the car.

Sherice ran outside and saw the men driving off in the Mazda and a red car.

“I went to get my scooter and chased after them. I didn’t even realise that I wasn’t wearing shoes,” she said.

Gunning the bike at 90 km/h, she kept up with the thieves.

“They didn’t realise my car had an anti-hijack device,” said Pretorius.

The device kicked in and stopped the car a few blocks from the house.

Seeing an armed response patrol car parked nearby, she sought their help, bursting into tears.

The only thing she could say was: “They stole my mom’s car”.

As the armed-response patrol arrived, the thieves fled with their accomplices in the red car, while Sherice rode home and fetched her mother.

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