Lyttelton police spokesperson Warrant Officer Hero Gumbu said one of the men had gone to the car dealership, Lazarus Motors Company, on Friday, pretending to want to buy a car, Rekord Centurion reported.
One of the suspects said he wanted to take a look at Ford Rangers. He asked the salesperson for keys of three of the Rangers so he could take a look inside, added Gumbu.
“Upon leaving, the suspect had swapped the keys and returned the wrong keys to the salesperson,” added Gumbu.
Gumbu said the man returned to the dealership that night with two accomplices and fled with two Ford Rangers.
“One of the Ford Rangers was found abandoned in Botha Avenue. Three Ford Ranger keys were found in the man’s vehicle,” added Gumbu.
“The suspect said the other stolen vehicle was parked at Stay Easy hotel in the CBD, and he led police to other two accomplices,” he said.
The three men, aged 27, 30 and 45, will face charges of theft of motor vehicles.
Last month, a former VIP police officer was arrested after he allegedly stole a vehicle from Wartburg Spar car parking in KwaZulu-Natal.
The victim, Thulani Dlamini, had parked his Toyota Cressida at the Wartburg Spar car parking, leaving his car unlocked with the key inside the vehicle, while he approached his colleague and started talking to him, said police.
It is believed Dlamini spent approximately five minutes talking to his colleague, and when he returned to the car parking, he found his vehicle had gone missing.
– Caxton News Service