‘Drunk’ hijackers prowl Scottsville

2015-05-20 06:00

A HIJACKER pretended to be a drunk man crawling along the road in a quiet residential area to distract a driver and allow his accomplices to steal the vehicle.

But the bad driving of the suspects, who eventually crashed, and the quick reaction of the SAPS, led to the arrest of two of men.

Cheryl Lombaard was leaving Ridge Junior Primary in Scottsville after attending an evening belly-dancing class last Thursday when she saw a man clutching a bottle crawling along the road.

Seconds later two men appeared at her door, forced it open and threw her out of the company-branded Corsa bakkie and into the gutter where she sustained multiple injuries.

“She is traumatised and slightly hurt. She has a bad knock on the leg and arm. A woman who witnessed the hijacking helped my wife call me and then several people phoned the police,” said her husband James.

He thanked the police for their “outstanding work”.

The bakkie belonged to the Lombaards’ engineering service - Mech-Tech.

A police source said the suspects were under the influence of alcohol and hit a kerb on the Edendale Road and collided with another vehicle. After the crash, the suspects fled. Two of the suspects, aged 18 and 19 were apprehended by the SAPS K9 unit and CAT, a joint team made up of private security and the police.

“We think the suspects can be linked to a criminal gang that is operating in the Scottsville area, targeting students.

“They have the same modus operandi, knives and balaclavas. Operating at night, the gang is targeting cellphones, laptops and cash. We suspect they needed a vehicle to transport the stolen goods hence the hijacking, but we are still investigating,” said the source.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said the Alexandra Road police station is investigating a case of hijacking.

“It is alleged that a victim was hijacked by three suspects. Two suspects will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court soon,” Naicker said

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