Cemetery-based car thieves set for court

2012-06-23 20:33

Johannesburg - Three men who sought refuge with stolen cars at a Mamelodi cemetery are set to appear in court next week, police said on Saturday.

Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said the men, who all hold a number of previous criminal convictions, including for car theft, would appear in court on Monday on charges relating to the possession of stolen motor vehicles.

The men, aged between 35 and 40, were arrested this week after police began an investigation into the theft of motor vehicles from dealerships in Pretoria.

On Tuesday, police began following a black Audi into a Mamelodi cemetery.

Once inside, "Tshwane Metro and Mamelodi police pounced on the vehicle", said Mogale.

The vehicle's registration indicated the car had been stolen in North West this month.

The driver was also found in possession of 24 sets of keys belonging to other cars, including Land Rovers, Volkswagens, Audis and Toyotas.

The man could not explain what he was doing with his extensive batch of keys and was subsequently arrested.

While still on the scene, police received information about a Volkswagen Golf GTi that had been stolen from a dealer in Brooklyn, said Mogale.

Police searched the cemetery and found the Volkswagen Golf being stripped by two men who fled the scene as police approached.

The men were later arrested in Shoshanguve, this time while driving a Toyota Corolla that had also been stolen in Brooklyn.

The police investigation into the car dealership thefts continues.

  • Karel du Toit - 2012-06-23 22:40

    something positive at last to report on the police service. still don't trust them though.

      Pearl - 2012-06-24 10:00

      Well said Karel, I agree. Lol I have a cousin who is a cop, I can't trust him also

  • Marco Gajane - 2012-06-23 23:35

    johan hw do u knw dat is white nt black or maybe u want them to show us skin like mugabe's come on man colour is nothing besides white people are thugs too

      Klaus - 2012-06-24 02:16

      The correct use of the English language, correct spelling and punctuation would be nice. Than, Sir, I would take your comments serious. Klaus, German as home language..! To read some of you Gollywog comments is a pain in the AR&SE.!

      gailcarolynhayes - 2012-06-24 13:32

      Actually, I commend the golliwogs as at least they are actually making an effort to speak and write in your language. As a teacher one does not improve a struggling child's life by constant criticism of what they can't do and neither do you refer to them as retards ro whatever. One is far more likely to win a battle by praising what they can do than harping on what they can't. A good attempt is better than saying you never tried! What is the excuse for your incorrect grammatical usage in your letter. "I'm German" (white) and superior?

  • Refilwe 'Fyfy' Molatlhegi - 2012-06-24 00:46

    johan, people have evolved! its time u did the same. what makes u think u better and different?

  • jsekels - 2012-06-24 05:23

    Ai! Final destination for those cars to be transformed lol...

  • Disco.mathata - 2012-06-24 11:20

    Soshanguve nt shoshanguve mr editor

      gailcarolynhayes - 2012-06-24 13:35

      Thank you for the correction Disco. I actually don't think there is an editor to be honest.

      Bonnie Julius Mhlongo - 2012-06-24 17:24

      syabonga kuleyondawo Maphoyisa...!!!

  • gailcarolynhayes - 2012-06-24 13:26

    Well done cops! I hope someone else reads this and notes that the police are actually successful at catching these criminals. If the legal system does their job properly then these three people or however many would be out of circulation for a while. Sadly in most cases either the legal side or alternatively jolly old Zuma will find some reason to let them go.

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