Bloem couple turn to PI to probe mysterious robbery

2017-07-26 14:48
Gerhard Steenkamp. (Marietjie Gericke, Netwerk24)

Gerhard Steenkamp. (Marietjie Gericke, Netwerk24)

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Bloemfontein - A Bloemfontein couple has turned to a private investigator to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding the theft of goods to the value of more than R100 000 from their home.

The police are investigating, but Gerhard Steenkamp and his wife Anna-Marth have turned to a PI as well, Netwerk24 reports.

Gerhard, who is a well-known wildlife photographer, said the theft has left them flabbergasted.

"My wife had to undergo brain surgery and we were in Pretoria from July 3 to 19. When we got home, we discovered that we'd been robbed. Our housekeeper and two dogs had slept in the house and we'd phoned her from Pretoria at least four times to hear if everything was okay.

"She'd said all along that there was nothing wrong," said Gerhard.

Among the stolen items were computers, a Fender Stratocaster guitar for a left-handed person, music equipment, a mountain bike, hiking shoes, a string of pearls and some jewellery. Fortunately his cameras had been locked away in a safe.

What was weird is that they initially couldn't find anywhere where someone could have gained access to the house.

However, on Monday they found that burglar bars at a window had been forced open and then bent back. The screws used to hold it in place were gone.

Rassie Erasmus, the PI, said the housekeeper hadn't heard anyone break in. She was sleeping in a room in the house with the two Jack Russels.

What the Steenkamps find baffling, is that the robbers were very selective. "There are much more valuable items in the house. There are 10 guitars in the house, but they only stole one."

All the jewellery had been put in small heaps on the bed, but just a few items were stolen.

Four sets of keys to the house were also found, while the owners were under the impression that there were only two.

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