Brazen thieves pose as woman’s friends to steal vehicle at car wash

2018-06-20 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedSiphokazi Nkabinde’s Hyundai i20, registration number NP 63761.

PHOTO: suppliedSiphokazi Nkabinde’s Hyundai i20, registration number NP 63761.

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A PIETERMARITZBURG woman is distressed after two thieves found a novel way to steal her car.

Siphokazi Nkabinde’s Hyundai i20 was stolen from Shell The Woodburn Garage on Chief Albert Luthuli Street on Saturday by two men who passed themselves off as her friends.

Nkabinde (31) from Imbali had left her car to be washed at around 9 am and rushed off to an appointment in Hilton.

When she returned to fetch the car later, she said she was told: “We gave your car to your friend …”

The car was stolen from the wash bay that afternoon, by two men who told the supervisor that Nkabinde had sent them to collect it.

“You worry that you may be hijacked or that your car may be stolen from a street or a shopping centre, but not at the car wash.”

Nkabinde said she was shocked that the criminals had successfully carried out the brazen crime.

“I specifically told the supervisor that I will fetch my car when I return in a few hours.

When I came back, he told me that a black man, one of my friends, came to fetch the car and he gave them the keys.”

Nkabinde said when she asked the supervisor how he knew the two men were her friends she did not get a straight answer.

“He didn’t even ask them to show any proof or even make an effort to question them. He asked how he was he supposed to know they were not my friends.”

CCTV footage viewed by The Witness shows two men pull up at the garage in a white Toyota Etios.

The driver goes inside the garage while the other stays behind.

A few minutes later, the second man speaks to a petrol attendant who then steps away.

He then also steps out of the car and goes inside the garage.

In the footage from inside the garage, the second man is seen paying for silicon tyre shine before stepping out.

Nkabinde said according to the staff members at the car wash, the second man asked them where the car keys are kept.

“They told him that you do not get the car unless you’ve paid.

He went inside and paid and came back with a receipt and silicon tyre shine.

I had already paid for my car and they didn’t even notice. They just gave him the car keys and he left.”

Nkabinde said she had never seen the two men before.

Shell The Woodburn Garage manager Nols Jordaan confirmed that the incident happened but declined to comment further. He directed questions to the police.

Alexandra police station spokesperson Captain Kholeka Mhlongo confirmed that a case of theft of a motor vehicle was opened.

No arrests have been made yet.

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