Carjackings increase in Phoenix, motorists urged to be vigilant | Phoenix Sun

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Carjackings increase in Phoenix, motorists urged to be vigilant | Phoenix Sun

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One of the vehicles which was recovered in KwaMashu C section.

Phoenix SAPS have been dealing with a number of carjacking incidents in the Phoenix area, last week.
In the first incident at the corner of Fernham Drive and Dovestone, the 36-year-old complainant and his daughter was stationary on Dovestone, inside his Toyota Yaris, looking for a cellphone charger when he was suddenly approached by four men brandishing three firearms.
The suspect and his daughter were removed from the vehicle and robbed off their cellphones before suspects fled with the vehicle. The Samsung A was valued at R2, 000 and the IPhone 7 valued at R15, 000.
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In another incident at the corner of Hunslett and Malandela roads last Tuesday, the 35-year-old victim alleges that he was driving a white Hyundai H100 on Hunslett Drive in the company of a co-worker when they stopped at a robot behind a truck.
They suddenly noticed three unknown men approaching. One suspect approached them and asked for directions to Rattan Road.
While the driver was distracted, the other two assailants approached the driver. One suspect produced a firearm and the other opened the door. The suspects ordered both occupants to jump out of the vehicle before they drove off with it.
The following day, a 33-year-old complainant was seated in his light blue Toyota Corolla prestige on Dewstone Crescent.

Suddenly, he was approached by four men. One produced a firearm and instructed the complainant to step out of the vehicle.
Two suspects fled with the vehicle, while two others fled on foot. The vehicle was later recovered by Sgt Mzindle and his team in KwaMashu C section.
Earlier that day at Sandfern Gardens, a complainant alleges that she was driving her maroon Hyundai i10 and had stopped for her daughter to open the gate to their home. Suddenly, she was approached by three unknown men, two produced firearms and pulled her out of the vehicle. The third suspect entered the vehicle but failed to start it.
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At this point, the complainant screamed for help and the suspects abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.
Cpt L Naidoo, communications officer of Phoenix SAPS, said, “Members of the community are reminded to always be aware of their surroundings especially when stopping at robots or travelling at night. Residents are also encouraged to report anything they may find suspicious.”
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