Pietermaritzburg driving instructor set up, robbed

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Police are urging driving instructors to be vigilant after a man was set up and robbed in Rajah Road when he arrived for a routine appointment.

He was robbed of his phone and wallet. “I arrived early in the morning for an appointment set up by this guy for his supposed son. Upon arrival he greeted me at the designated point where he came out and told me that his son wasn’t home and asked if he could borrow my phone to see where his son was,” said an employee of Jones Driving School who asked to remain unnamed.

“Once he saw me put my wallet in the centre, he jumped into the car under the premise that he was waiting for his son to arrive. After that while still holding onto my phone he grabbed my wallet and ran through a pathway and soon he was out of sight.”
Driving instructor

The man says that after lending the man his phone he was asked if he had change. He took out his wallet to check for change and put it in the centre console of his car.

“Once he saw me put my wallet in the centre, he jumped into the car under the premise that he was waiting for his son to arrive. After that while still holding onto my phone he grabbed my wallet and ran through a pathway and soon he was out of sight,” said the instructor.

He went into the house he was parked at to question the residents only to find out he had been scammed and that the people at the house had no idea who the man was that the driving instructor met with.

“The entire scenario was a scam. We appeal to anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact Detective Warrant Officer SM Reddy on 033 387 9617 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.”
Mountain Rise Police Station communications officer, Sean Singh

Mountain Rise detectives are appealing to the community for assistance in locating the thief.

“The entire scenario was a scam. We appeal to anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact Detective Warrant Officer SM Reddy on 033 387 9617 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111,” said communications officer Sean Singh.

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