Wheels come off ‘festive’ theft plan
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.