Thieves steal man's car door
"It seems like a planned job because they did such a good job in taking the door off that whoever it is must have some experience"
AN Amalinda, East London, resident is baffled by a bizarre theft after his car door was stolen by a group of criminals at the weekend.
Max Mphunga, who lives in the Socho flats, said he noticed the missing door on his Corolla at about 5am on Saturday morning just before going to work.
According to Mphunga, the door was cleanly removed from the vehicle with tools.
The Amalinda resident believes it was done by someone with experience in auto mechanic training. The car radio was also stolen.
“It looks to me like they broke the handle in order to get in,” a frustrated Mphunga said. “It seems like a planned job too because I found a spanner next to the car and they did such a good job in taking the door off that whoever it is must have some experience.”
Mphunga added that the suspects may have been watching him for some time as he did not park the car in his usual spot on the night of the theft.
The street light directly above the car was faulty during the weekend.
“Security guards say they didn’t see what happened because they were busy patrolling at that time. They also blamed the faulty streetlight over the spot the car was parked in,” Mphunga said.
He called the security’s companies head office and received some positive news.
“The manager there said he would look into it for me and if they were at fault then he would happily assist me to pay for a new door.”
Mphunga also reported the matter to police.
Police spokesman Captain Mluleki Mbi confirmed a case of theft out of a motor vehicle had been opened and it was being investigated.
The car has since been taken to a local panel-beater. However, he could not give an estimate for the repairs.