Car theft victims targeted

BE WARNED: Captain Ziphe Emmanuel Jele from the Criminal Investigation Division of Eden Park SAPS conveys a warning concerning stolen vehicles.

EDEN Park SAPS are extremely concerned about the random, and somehow increasing, theft of vehicles in the areas of Eden Park, Greenfield, Palm Ridge and the surrounding extensions, especially in Tsietsi.

Captain Emmanuel Jele from the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) told the RECORD that thieves have now come up with a new strategy after cars are stolen.

“Once a car is stolen, reported and the case is opened, the ‘helpful’ thieves contact the owner to inform them that they have the car and that the owner must deposit money at the Money Market at Shoprite and can then get the car back from a certain Colonel Ntshangase.

“In one case the thieves told the owner that his car stolen in Tsietsi was in Venda at the Vehicle Safeguarding Unit and that he must deposit R900 at the Shoprite for their travelling costs from Venda to Gauteng to bring the car. Luckily the owner did not make the deposit but reported the matter to us and after phoning the number, we discovered that it was a scam,” Jele said.

He further reported that in another case, also a Tsietsi case, the thieves told the owner to pay in R15 000 at Shoprite to get his car back. The owner also hesitated to make the payment and reported the matter to the police.

Jele said he wants the community to be vigilant and very cautious concerning these clever thieves who can be very convincing and get people to deposit the money, resulting in their loss of both finances and a vehicle.

“When I spoke to the person in Venda, I quickly discovered that he was not a police officer by the way he answered my questions and the way he addressed me,” he said.

“I am not really sure, but I get a feeling that there might be officers involved because how could somebody out there in Venda know the owner of the car and know his personal contact details? Please do not deposit any money demanded from you at either Shoprite or into any bank account, but report the matter to us by phoning 011 439 1806.”

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