Samaritan returns stolen items to owner

Scene of smash and grab Photo: Supplied

A man returned personal items to a woman who was involved in a smash and grab in Centurion last Friday.

Marieke Booysen said her car window had been smashed at the corner of Hendrik Verwoed Drive and Hippo Avenue across Kerk Sonder Mure.

“I lost my handbag. Inside were my pepper spray, a Thailand key chain from my honeymoon, a Pandora bracelet and some low-value items such as eye drops, a nail file, wet wipes, deodorant, wallet (with 20 cards), a powerbank and my iPhone charger,” said Booysen.

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She said she had received a Facebook message from a man called Mpho on Tuesday, who passed on a message from another man called Elias.

In the message, Elias said he had picked up her cards.

“I don’t know where Elias picked up my cards,” said Booysen.

“I assume it was from the field next to the highway as he works on the N1, picking up litter.”

She said her husband met with Elias to hand over her belongings.

“My husband met up with him yesterday (Wednesday) to pick up my belongings.”

She said Elias was on the job, picking up litter next to the N1.

“My husband gave him R200. He did not ask for anything.”

“Elias handed the items, including all 20 of my cards, in a plastic shopping bag.”

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Booysen expressed her gratitude to Elias and said she was happy and thankful she had received her cards.

Before she received her belongings, Booysen said she had thought of going back to the smash and grabber.

“I even thought of going back to the smash and grabber (I see him often, he lives by the scene) and asking where he dumped my stuff,” said Booysen.

Her handbag, wallet, Thailand key chain, Pandora bracelet, pepper spray, deodrant, powerbank and iPhone charger had not been returned.

Booysen said she was told by a police official who took her statement that police had tried to assist but could not because of a high number of such cases in that location.

Lyttleton police spokesperson Captain Dave Miller said Booysen should go to the station if she felt she had not been assisted.

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“She can make a statement and we will investigate,” said Miller.

“If a member has acted inappropriately, departmental disciplinary steps will be instituted against that person.”

Miller pleaded with residents not to put valuable items in the front seat as these were visible and could be easily stolen.

Scene of smash and grab
Photo: Supplied

Scene of smash and grab
Photo: Supplied

Scene of smash and grab
Photo: Supplied

Scene of smash and grab
Photo: Supplied

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