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Petrol attendants in Joburg hit by fleeing stolen Mercedes driver due to declined card payment



Two car theft incidents have led to police pursuit and arrests in Johannesburg. The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) is currently searching for the driver of a stolen Mercedes-Benz who crashed into two petrol attendants while attempting to flee without paying for R1,300 worth of fuel as reported by IOL.

According to Xolani Fihla, spokesperson for the JMPD, the driver left the vehicle behind and escaped on foot. Upon investigation, it was discovered that the vehicle had been stolen from a golf course in Benoni by a caddy who took the keys from a caddy bag without the owner’s consent. The vehicle has been seized and booked in at the SAPS pound for verification.

The JMPD arrested a man driving a stolen Toyota Land Cruiser VX-R earlier this month. The vehicle had been stolen in Sandton and fitted with false registration plates. When the driver noticed the officers approaching, he abandoned the vehicle on the side of the road and attempted to flee on foot. The officers apprehended the suspect and arrested him for possessing a stolen vehicle. The Land Cruiser has been seized and booked in at the SAPS Pretoria West pound for verification.

The JMPD takes car theft seriously and will continue to pursue suspects and bring them to justice.

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