Wheels come off ‘fes­tive’ theft plan

The Independent on Saturday - - FRONT PAGE - TANYA WATERWORTH [email protected]

THE dream of a group of crim­i­nals of a fes­tive Christ­mas hol­i­day was crushed when their at­tempted theft of a car­a­van ended in dis­as­ter.

In the early hours of last Satur­day morn­ing, Botha’s Hill res­i­dent and neigh­bour­hood watch mem­ber An­dre Eras­mus was wo­ken by dogs bark­ing out­side his house.

“I got up and, check­ing out­side, saw a car­a­van crashed into some palm trees on our road,” said Eras­mus.

Puz­zled at how it got there, Eras­mus checked his se­cu­rity cam­eras, which re­vealed the drama that had taken place.

“A white Polo ar­rived first and did a drive around, then a dou­ble cab Toy­ota bakkie ar­rived and went down the road.

“The next thing, the bakkie comes back down the road with a car­a­van hitched to the back, but it went too fast over the speed hump, which un­hitched the car­a­van.

“The car­a­van veered off the road and crashed into the palm trees,” said Eras­mus.

It is sus­pected that at that point, the crim­i­nals gave up their Christ­mas loot and fled the scene.

Eras­mus said he showed the footage to the owners, who lived down the road. “It seems as though the gates of the prop­erty were re­moved, the bakkie drove in to the prop­erty, hitched up the car­a­van and drove back down the road. Peo­ple need to be vig­i­lant at this time of year be­cause the crim­i­nals are also do­ing their Christ­mas shop­ping,” he said, adding that Hill­crest po­lice in­ves­ti­gated the scene.

“Po­lice are do­ing a fan­tas­tic job in this area and with a bit of help from the pub­lic, we can get crime un­der control,” Eras­mus said.

The owners of the car­a­van could not be reached for com­ment.

Hill­crest res­i­dent Reyn­hardt van Rooyen said there had been an in­crease in house­break­ing in­ci­dents in the area. “The ba­sic by-laws are not be­ing en­forced, which is one of the pri­mary steps in pre­vent­ing crime.”

THE crashed car­a­van af­ter hit­ting a speed bump and un­hitch­ing from the get­away car.

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