Determined man catches gate-remote criminals

Phunyuka bamphethe, the muti used by the criminals. Insert: The remote used by the alleged criminals.

BURGERSFORT – The gate-remote criminals are behind bars, thanks to Motlolo resident, Mr Jerry Tjie. Tjie was robbed at the Burgersfort Mall’s parking area on August 27.

“I visited the mall with my wife, I locked my bakkie but the criminals had their remotes ready. When we returned to the car after our shopping, we realised that the criminals had stolen R2 500 and a brand-new Samsung Galaxy which I left in the vehicle,” he alleged.

After the robbery, he plotted revenge. Tjie visited the town’s CBD and stood at the bridge next to Castle Square, where he could clearly see the area where he was robbed.

“On Sunday and Monday I spent the two days looking for them with no luck. On Tuesday, their luck finally ran out, when I spotted them robbing three cars at the same spot where I was burgled. “They managed to run from me in the direction of Tubatse Crossing Regional Mall.

“We called the security staff at the Tubatse Mall who helped in apprehending them,” he said.

The suspects were found with one gate remote and cash in their possession.

According to Tjie, the suspects admitted to using muti, called phunyuka bamphethe (escape when caught) for them to “disappear” from their victims. They revealed that there were other gate-remote criminals in the town.

The two suspects are still behind bars at Burgersfort SAPS. It is not yet known when they will appear at the Burgersfort Magistrate’s Court. Const Victoria Maluleka, local police spokesman, advised vehicle owners to check if their car doors are locked. “Do not leave any visible valuables or money in vehicles as it attracts criminals.”

Gilbert Motseo

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