Die Heuwel, the new car theft zone

A car stolen during church, outside a school, and at the shops – to name a few incidents that happened last week.

While attending church at Neo Doxa on Sunday, May 14 Ms Ria Pretorius’ white Volkswagen Citi Golf was stolen from the parking lot.

“We were in church when our friend Ria went out to fetch something from her car and saw that her car had been stolen. She came running back in to tell us what had happened,” said Mr John Farrel.

He added that they spoke with the security guards stationed outside at the time and not one of them saw what had happened.

“We took her on Monday to help her with all the paperwork, her phone was inside the car as well as her ID, driver’s license and purse so she needs to replace everything,” said Farrel.

Neo Doxa Church was contacted regarding the theft of the motor vehicle. A representative from the church said that despite guards being stationed on site, the car was stolen and that they would look into it.

Another white Volkswagen Citi Golf was stolen from River Crescent Shopping Centre on May 2 while a silver Toyota Tazz was stolen outside the grounds of Hoër Tegnies Skool on May 13, according to a witness a white Nissan Juke was believed to be involved in the theft of the Tazz.

The school commented that they were unaware of the theft of the car but advised parents and visitors to park within the school grounds during visits or sporting events as there is secure parking available.

“Since the beginning of May a total of 14 vehicles have been stolen,” said Capt Eddie Hall, Witbank Police communications liaison.

The other areas and thefts reported respectively are: Van Wyk Louw Street – VW Jetta on May 5, Bekker Boom Street – grey VW Polo on May 5, Highveld Mall – Kia Cenator on May 5, Duvha Park – Toyota Conquest on May 8, Smuts Street – Ford Laser on May 8, Provincial Hospital – Nissan Sentra on May 8, Kadet Street – Toyota Tazz on May 8, Kruger Street – Motorbike on May 8, Nova Motors – Toyota Hilux bakkie on May 9, Beyers Street Ford Bantam bakkie on May 13.

“Second hand or older vehicles are easier to steal, on May 8 a total of five vehicles were stolen,” said Capt Hall.


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