That awkward moment when a thief returned a stolen car 21 years after

A woman whose car was stolen in Johannesburg 21 years ago couldn’t believe her ears when police told her it had been found.

However, seeing is believing, and when Merna Meyer got to the Newcastle
police pound, she had no doubts that it was her Ford Laser,

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.”

The front looked a bit different and the steering wheel had been replaced with a racing one, she said at North West University’s Potchefstroom campus on Thursday.

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.

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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.

Kemisola Ade

Kemisola Adeyemi is the Assistant Editor of Kemi Filani News. She loves to write and write and write and hopes to own a publishing firm someday! Email: [email protected]


  1. From this story I believe my wonanhood will be restored to me too, so I can bear is 21 years ago too, I noticed I had fibroid for the first time and I am 45 years now…..after 4 surgeries…..this restoration is for me… thank you Lord….

    1. You will be fruitful in Jesus name. You are not barren. God will give you testimony this year. Thank you Lord for the answered prayers

    2. Ma'am, i feel ur pains bt the Goodnews is that this year God wil really SETTLE YOUR CASES. If u really believe him. You can visit any Winners Chapel that is close to u am sure God will answer your hidden desires. Amen

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