Thugs dis­pos­sess ‘Schillo’ of his valu­ables yet again

Rolex watch, iPhone taken in a hold-up

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Meta Mphahlele

For­mer Bafana and Ever­ton player Steven Pien­aar has once again fallen vic­tim to crime.

Thugs re­lieved Schillo, as he was pop­u­larly known in soc­cer cir­cles, of his Rolex watch and an iPhone 8 – both worth R160 000 – at gun­point ear­lier this month.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred when Pien­aar and a friend were ac­costed by the thugs at a red traf­fic light at the cor­ner of Repub­lic Road and Bram Fis­cher Drive in Blair­gowrie, Rand­burg. Two sources con­firmed the in­ci­dent. Early this year, rob­bers out­smarted the top-notch se­cu­rity sys­tem at Pien­aar’s house in Ruim­sig, on the West rand and made off with lux­ury items, in­clud­ing a sound sys­tem.

Pien­aar, 36, re­tired from foot­ball af­ter an 18-year ca­reer that gained him world fame.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice state­ment that Sun­day World has seen, Pien­aar was trav­el­ling with a friend in his Range Rover. When he stopped at a red traf­fic light he no­ticed a sil­ver Ford Fi­esta be­hind him, driv­ing on the side of on­com­ing traf­fic. The car stopped on his right-hand side.

Two men armed with firearms and wear­ing bal­a­clavas are said to have jumped out of the car and pointed their guns at him, with the one on his side call­ing out, ‘Pien­aar!’

“He opened the win­dow and the sus­pect said to him, ‘Give me the watch or I will shoot you’,” the state­ment reads.

The sus­pect is then said to have asked for his watch and phone, and Pien­aar gave it to him. The sus­pects then drove away.

Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Mavela Ma­sondo said a case of rob­bery was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated and no one has been ar­rested.

Pien­aar re­fused to com­ment.

/ Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Im­ages Kruger/Getty Im­ages)

Lehlo­honolo Mtshali of Or­lando Pi­rates hasn’t paid his son’s main­te­nance since March. Ex-Bafana and Ever­ton mid­field mae­stro Steven Pien­aar has fallen vic­tim to rob­bery for the sec­ond time this year.

/ Jan

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