Three car thieves die in crash moments after stealing bakkie

2009-06-02 00:00

THREE car thieves died less than a kilometer from where they had stolen a Ford Courier bakkie in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday morning.

The bakkie crashed and killed three of its occupants just moments after it had been pushed out of the owners yard in France township.

Mbuso Nzimande (43) was asleep at his house when he was awoken by noises outside. According to police, Nzimande believes he saw five men pushing his vehicle out of the yard when he peeped through the window.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said Nzimande called the police and reported the theft.

Shortly afterwards, police received a call about an accident on the R56 (Richmond road), near the Thornville police station.

“Police found the overturned bakkie down the embankment. A dead man was found inside the vehicle and another one was found with serious injuries. During the investigation on the scene another body was also found in the nearby field,” said Budhram.

The driver failed to negotiate a sharp bend about 500 metres from France. The vehicle overturned and landed in a ditch.

Budhram said the injured man was rushed to hospital but he died later. It is believed that a syndicate was involved in the theft of the car. According to a source close to the investigation, the thieves had been in contact with another person in Hammarsdale. “A buyer for the vehicle was waiting for it as it was to be used to transport stolen goods,” the source told The Witness.

A cellphone was found on the scene and about 20 missed calls from the same number had been recorded.

None of the three has been identified, but they are believed to be in their mid-20s.

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