Thieves hit while street lights off after suspicious drone visit

2018-02-28 06:00
Jeanette Campbell points to the gate the intruders derailed before stealing her car last Thursday.PHOTO: byrone athman

Jeanette Campbell points to the gate the intruders derailed before stealing her car last Thursday.PHOTO: byrone athman

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ENOUGH is enough for Jeanette Campbell, who in three years has had two cars stolen from her yard on New England Road.

A third vehicle was stolen years back.

Just last week Thursday Campbell was woken in shock after her neighbour called her twice at 2 am in the morning to alert her that there were intruders in her yard.

“They must have had signal jammers because for the life of me I could not hear a thing. When my neighbour called me then only did I realise that my car was gone,” said Campbell.

She went into the kitchen and saw that her gate had been forcefully opened in order for the thieves to escape.

In total since living on New England Road, Campbell concluded that three vehicles had been stolen from their property including a Ford Laser, Ford Meteor and now a VW Golf One. After the incident Campbell’s neighbour said that she tried to warn her about the intruders by calling her on her phone and also tried to get a glimpse of the intruders but could not due to insufficient lighting, because their street lights were not working.

“For two weeks we have been without street lights and this is a main road,” said a frustrated Campbell.

She said the intruders were able to remove her gate of the railing without anyone noticing their suspicious behaviour because the street was so dark.

“They removed my gate — which was padlocked and was remote operational all the time — in darkness so that we would not see them,” said Campbell. Speaking on her safety, Campbell questioned what more do people have to do to remain safe in their homes and prevent intruders from gaining access to their yards.

“I am at my wits end. We have metal spokes on our walls and a secure remote gate and yet these rogues can make away with our belongings so easily,” said a hopeless Campbell.

She stressed that she felt like her house was being watched and that a week before her car was stolen a suspicious drone had flown over her yard and had even hovered near her doorstep all the while taking pictures.

“I don’t know what it was taking pictures of but there definitely was a drone in my yard and I feel like that could be linked to my car being taken,” said Campbell suspiciously.

Spokesperson for the police, Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese confirmed that a case of grand theft auto has been opened and that investigations are underway given the increasing amount of vehicle theft that the city has been plagued with recently. Municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said, with regard to the streetlights not in operation, a call must logged through the municipal call centre.

“The matter will be reported to electricity as well,” she added.


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