Bike thieves caught in racing time

2016-03-15 06:00

A cyclist lost his bike to thieves during last weekend’s Cape Town Cycle Tour – only to get it back at the police station when he reported the crime.

Constables Yuri Ray and Zak Marais of Diep River police arrested two suspects with a bicycle in Constantia on Sunday at 04:30 and soon discovered the bicycle, valued at R48 000, had been stolen at a water point of the race.

The cyclist was filling his water bottles just before the race started and when he turned around his bike was gone.

He later came to report it at Diep River police station, to discover that his bike was there and the alleged thieves had been arrested already.

. In a separate incident on Sunday 21 February a man was hijacked in Eton Road, ­Diep River and forced at gun point to withdraw money at an ATM.

He had stopped his car at a Stop street when he was approached by an unknown man who pointed a firearm at him. At the same time a second unknown man, also armed, jumped into the passenger seat of his car. The first hijacker also got into the car and ordered the victim to drive.

They stopped and put him in the back of the car and then drove to a nearby ATM. They ordered him to withdraw cash from the ATM while they stood back, pointing their firearms at him.

He withdrew the cash, gave it to them and they threw him back into the back of the car.

They drove for a short while, stopped the car, took the victim out and left him on the highway while they drove off. No shots were fired and no-one was injured.V Anyone with information on the hijacking can call Diep River police station on 021 710 7388.

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