On Saturday afternoon, witnesses reported two cops who abandoned their vehicle to tackle an armed robbery case on foot in Heideveld. They left their key in the vehicle, whereupon a suspected drug user seized the opportunity to go for a joyride.
According to IOL, a witness said that she was standing outside, and saw “the entire stupid episode” play out.
She added: “The police were running… that was the first shocking thing I saw, but leaving their car unattended and unlocked was stupid. We have all sorts of crooks around here and none of them [are] scared of the cops anymore.”
The policemen eventually returned empty-handed and were shocked to find their van had disappeared. More police were called in, a search was launched and witnesses were questioned.
“It’s a mockery when the people who are supposed to be responsible and protect us, can’t even look after their own stuff... it was sad, but worth watching” the witness concluded.