Shoot-out after car stolen from dealership

2012-01-03 16:01

Johannesburg - Police were looking for three men after they stole a brand new Nissan vehicle during a shoot-out with police on Tuesday in Woodmead, northern Johannesburg.

"Just before noon... two police officers on their foot beat for the festive season were approached by a Nissan employee," Captain Kim Cloete said.

The employee told police three men were busy stealing a car from a nearby dealership in Woodmead. When the two officers approached the men, the thieves fired shots at the policemen.

During the shootout the men managed to break into the Nissan and start it. They fled in the car while they exchanged fire with police. No one was injured.

Cloete said police were investigating and searching for the stolen vehicle.

  • Thoka - 2012-01-03 16:10

    what way to start a new year,

      rbczovczov - 2012-01-04 05:48

      If the investigating officers are competent they should treat this as an inside job. It doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to conclude that these robbers were working in cahoots with an employee of the dealership. This inside mole/traitor provided the keys or codes to start the car. This was not just some random car jacking.

      rbczovczov - 2012-01-04 12:20

      @Mandy You totally misunderstood my reasoning. Common sense tells me that most if not all Car dealerships have some sort of security measure in place to protect their cars from theft otherwise it would be a free for all jackers.

  • mario - 2012-01-03 16:16

    the police was there and couldn't stop them???!!!

      ofentse.ramorula - 2012-01-03 16:26

      The police were on foot, read the article.

      Deon - 2012-01-03 16:26

      It sounds as if this Police was on foot, a bit difficult to run after a vehicle and catch them.

      Gerhard - 2012-01-03 16:39

      Haven't you watched movies lately? The cops in the US can catch cars on foot. It happens in almost every movie. Maybe we should send our police to go train in Hollywood.

      Willie - 2012-01-03 16:52

      Read the article the police were on FOOT fool

      Heinrich - 2012-01-03 18:01

      Well, Willie, their efforts weren't very FRUIT fool.

      Percy - 2012-01-03 22:34

      mario is right..."When the two officers approached the men, the thieves fired shots at the policemen.During the shootout the men managed to break into the Nissan and start it".. why didnt they stop them before they broke into the car to flee...Armed response tactical training issues?

      SergeD69 - 2012-01-03 23:47

      Eish, if you hit the cyclist you must walk next time.

  • Archie - 2012-01-03 16:17

    well done to the police,may you shoot straighter next time

  • Morakane - 2012-01-03 16:21

    Good heavens!

  • Sharkshoot - 2012-01-03 16:27

    How the hell did they still manage to start the car while engaging the police officers???? Methinks Constables Aich and Mahwe were not firing very accurately with their e-pistols.

      Qheks - 2012-01-04 10:55

      And they would have been very accurate if they were exercising their shoot to kill on an innocent person

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-03 16:31

    Inside job!

      ofentse.ramorula - 2012-01-03 16:37

      I second you, someone gave them the keys. They can't just start an engine in a hurry without keys, plus the immobiliser should have kicked in soon after they managed to start.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-03 16:40

      I think so too

      Willie - 2012-01-03 16:52

      Arrest all the sales persons

  • ofentse.ramorula - 2012-01-03 16:33

    Something sounds shady here, so the managed to break in to the vehicle managed to start the engine (without keys) and stole it all this while the police were firing? I think the reporter rushed to post this news without facts. Starting an engine with an immobiliser without valid keys is a bit of a mission and takes some time.

      Mike - 2012-01-04 08:30

      Typically poor News24 reporting of late - 2012-01-04 09:08

      I agree with u more than the idiots who have commented.

      Zebelon - 2012-01-04 10:39

      The report is not correct and the reporter is to blame in this anecdote. Firstly, the Nissan employee saw the criminals in the process of stealing the car; they were already working on getting into the car and trying to start it while the employee was running to get help and reporting to the police. That took quite some time, hence the thieves managed to start the car. In my opinion they had already started the car by the time the cops accosted them. Poor reporting indeed!

  • stephen.cole1 - 2012-01-03 16:39

    Must be an inside job ! How can you start a car these days with all the transponders and other anti theft devices in new cars without some kind of keys !

  • Ntshwana - 2012-01-03 16:55

    A Nissan Juke! I would "steal" it, as well..

  • Heinrich - 2012-01-03 17:19

    Damages after the shootout amounted to five ceiling lights broken, three other cars in the showroom shot to pieces, two salesman desks plus laptops and telephones destroyed, one SAPS heavy duty patrol boot (with Nugget) bullet riddled. But spare a thought for the poor robbers...a Nissan!

  • Shirley - 2012-01-03 17:34

    "YOU CAN IN A NISSAN"-they took it literally! Lazy scum! Go get a freebie in Bloemfontein!

  • Zighom - 2012-01-03 18:25

    Good thing i don't drive a Nissan! to be stolen right there by the dealership is pathetic security for a car esp when the thief is engaged in a gunfight.

  • Sifiso - 2012-01-03 18:54

    Thank goodness the police didn't get injured. Keep up the brave work officers!

  • Frik - 2012-01-03 19:49

    Well done Cops and no arrests ......

  • Deepchund - 2012-01-03 20:07

    The employee who informed the footpatrols should have kept the exits closed, or is this dealership out in the open. Start a vehicle and drive away, something fishy in this incident.

  • Marshall - 2012-01-03 22:48

    It must have been a Micra. They carried it away.

  • Franklyn - 2012-01-03 22:52

    couldnt they at least shoot the tyres ? are there tactical protocols wrt stopping car theives...i agree with most of the contributers,the whole thing smells injured ? presumably the shooting was at close range.

  • SergeD69 - 2012-01-03 23:44

    And those skid marks aren't from tires. Extra pair of undies for the cops.

  • Michael - 2012-01-04 01:14

  • MaxOdin.SA - 2012-01-04 02:08

    There is definately something wrong with police protcol if the thieves got away. In other countries a helicopter is despached is a person is running from the cops on a bike doing in excess of 200kph for instance. and that's just for traffic violations. These fools shot at cops for crying out loud. There should have been an apb issued before they even got to the dealership and the flying squad, if it still exists should have responded immediately as well as all the units in the immediate neighbouring areas notified.

      fragtion - 2012-01-04 02:18

      Amen brother. But welcome to SA, where nobody seems to care about methods and protocols which work perfectly abroad

      Barefoot - 2012-01-04 04:49

      Here's the thing do you know all the details? where you there? how long did the shootout last? how long would it have taken to dispatch a helicopter to scene? most often we think that we could do other people's jobs better than them

  • Dean - 2012-01-04 08:26

    i wouldnt take a bullet for R3000pm

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