Another rental car theft arrest

2015-06-28 15:16


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Johannesburg - A 36-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly stealing a rental car from a company based at the OR Tambo International Airport.

The man had opened a hijacking case at the Tembisa police station, but police became suspicious when he did not arrive for a meeting with the rental company, and was not available on his phone, police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said on Sunday.

A task team which investigates serious crime around the airport, tracked the vehicle to a parking lot in Gezina, Pretoria, where its number plates and licence disc had been removed.

Police lay low and when the man arrived at the vehicle on Thursday, he was surrounded by officers as soon as he opened it.

He was identified as the same man who rented the car.

Besides charges of theft and perjury, he will also face several counts of fraud after the police found three identity documents and four drivers’ licences with different names but his photo at his nearby home.

Four credit cards with different names were also found.

This follows a similar case last month when Michael Thage from Midrand was arrested for buying a vehicle also stolen from a rental company at the airport.

Thage allegedly bought the vehicle from Prince Maluleke who had rented it, but not returned it.

Maluleke was also arrested and he and Thage are on R500 000 bail, and are expected back in the Kempton Park on Tuesday.

The man at the centre of the latest arrest will appear in the same court on Monday.

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