Thursday, August 21, 2008

Police issue warning

As if there wasn’t enough to worry about, besides swerving to avoid hitting street sellers and beggars at intersections, now you need to be on the lookout for hijackers posing as beggars.

Many South Africans are weary of beggars at robots. Given the many smash-and-grabs we have had over the years, who can blame us?

But now the SAPS have warned motorists to be aware that hijackers are now posing as beggars in order to hijack people.

According to IOL, the Johannesburg Metro Police have issued a statement saying that three armed men disguised as beggars hijacked a Chinese national man on the Marlboro road offramp from the N3 north late on Monday afternoon.

The hijacking was witnessed by community members who reported the incident to metro police officers.

A search ensued and the officers spotted the Hyundai van that had been hijacked and saw three men abandon the van and flee into the field. The owner of the van was still inside the van when police arrived. No arrests have been made.

Be aware of those around you when stopping at a traffic light!

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