Kidnapped boy returns home

2016-05-31 06:00

A case of kidnapping was reported at Grassy Park Police Station on Tuesday 24 May after a 12-year-old boy from Parkwood was taken from his parents’ home.

Grassy Park police spokesperson Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith says the incident occurred at around 11:00.

“The boy (complainant) was at his residence in Parkwood when a white Golf with red stickers at the bottom and two men inside stopped in front of his house. They were first speaking to the grandfather of the complainant, who then left with them,” Kleinsmith says.

She says the same vehicle and occupants returned “without the grandfather”.

[The men] informed the complainant that they were taking the television and a computer tower and that they will be exchanging it to give him something else.

“They then told the complainant to go with them. They drove to a few places with the complainant and then left him in Lotus River, and the complainant then walked home,” Kleinsmith says.

According to police the grandfather was dropped at a location in Parkwood and he walked home.

The boy had no injuries, she further confirms. The suspects are unknown to the complainant.

A docket of kidnapping and theft is being investigated by Grassy Park police.

Grassy Park station commander Colonel Shawn van Wyk has urged parents to “talk to their children and to warn them of the dangers they could encounter by getting into a stranger’s vehicle” and also not to keep their children out of school without a valid reason.

“[Parents should] ensure that their children finish their schooling career and stay away from gangsterism, drugs and bad influences within the community – and most important ensure that their precious children are supervised and not left at home alone,” Kleinsmith adds.

People’s Post previously reported about a kidnapping case in Lotus River and Steenberg (“Residents urged to be vigilant”, 19 April) where two boys were kidnapped in Golf vehicles as well.

V Anyone with information on crime is urged to contact 021 700 3940 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111. All information will be treated as highly confidential.

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