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Criminals steal ‘locked’ cars
« on: August 23, 2011, 03:14:38 PM »
Criminals steal ‘locked’ cars - one behind bars

Clever device prevents you from locking your vehicle
23 August 2011 | Bernice Maune

ONE man has been arrested for his involvement in several crimes relating to car theft in Kempton Park.

Capt Jethro Mtshali, Kempton SAPS spokesman, said the man was apprehended by policemen last week Wednesday after they had noticed him and other suspects hanging around the parking lot of the civic centre.

"Our members found a testing station inside the boot of the car, a red Mini Cooper. What criminals do is wait for a person to centrally lock their car. They then press a button on this device which interferes with the signal. The car seems locked but it is not. Criminals then steal the car," said Mtshali.

The car was impounded and the man is in custody.

Police are investigating the whereabouts of other suspects as they managed to escape from the scene with a stolen vehicle.

This was not the first incident in which the Mini Cooper was involved. Mtshali said a car was stolen from a shopping complex in the central business district.

"A man 'locked' his car and went to the gym. When he got back it was gone. CCTV footage picked up the presence of the Mini Cooper.

"Police tested the device on their own vehicles and found it worked. It is a very dangerous device and we urge the community to make double sure their cars are locked. These criminals were found to be working in Kwa-Zulu Natal but they are now targeting malls and business centres in Kempton Park," said Mtshali