Pensioner Peter Knoetze, 65, was left to pick up the pieces after his car was stolen – and then crashed – while he was having lunch at the Walker Drive Shopping Centre yesterday.
The Rowallan Park resident had gone out with his family to Friends and Blends when the incident took place.
After lunch, Knoetze went to find his car, a white Toyota Corolla, which he had parked in front of the KFC, when he asked his wife, “Where’s my car?”
Realising his car had been stolen, he immediately called the police to report the incident.
“Someone then informed me about a car accident which had taken place not far from the centre, so I rushed to go and have a look, and I was horrified to find out it was my car involved in the collision,” Knoetze said.
A petrol attendant at a nearby garage, who declined to be named, said he saw the commotion unfolding as he was assisting a customer.
“I just saw the white car trying to swerve around a police car before colliding with a BMW,” he said.
Off-duty police reservist Warrant Officer Steven Fourie had been at the shopping centre just after 1pm yesterday when he noticed the suspects, aged between 27 and 52, tampering with vehicles in the parking lot.
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