A woman whose car was stolen in Johannesburg 21 years ago couldn’t believe her ears when police told her it had been found.
According to SA news medium, Netwerk24:
“I recognised the sporty look, red and green stripes on the sides and tow bar. Even the colour is still the same beige.”
Meyer was full of praise for warrant officers Gary Holmes and Derick
Putter of the Newcastle car theft unit for tracking her down. They spent
months trying to find her because the car had been registered in her
maiden name, Pretorius.
“They kept on trying, until they phoned me two months ago. When I picked
up the phone, a policeman said: ‘We’ve had a hard time tracking you
down, where have you been hiding?'”
Meyer was in her 20s when the car was stolen outside a friend’s house in
Melville in 1996. She had just resigned from the SABC and was due to
leave for the UK a few days later to do a course in animation.
After reporting the car missing, Meyer said she had never heard from the police again.
The Newcastle police became suspicious when the alleged owner of the car
came to the police station in 2016 to get a vehicle clearance
certificate. They noticed that it had false serial numbers and, using
chemicals, managed to uncover the original ones.
No arrests have been made yet.