Police record three hijackings in a week

Two Uber drivers were among the three people hijacked in the Steenberg police precinct in three days.

According to Steenberg police spokesman, Warrant Officer John Bartlett, two men posing as customers climbed into the back-seat of a 53-year-old Uber driver’s car, in Elfndale, at 3.30am on Friday September 29, and asked him to drive to Heathfield.

On the way, along Roscommon Road, one of the men tried to choke the driver and there was a scuffle.

The car hit a curb, spun out of control, and landed in a ditch. The driver ran off to call the police, while the hijackers took a laptop, the driver’s firearm and a cellphone.

On the same day, at 3.45am, three armed men accosted a 48-year-old man as he climbed out of his car to open the gate at his workplace in 10th Avenue, Retreat.

One of the men shoved a gun in his side and told him to hand over his valuables. The men then drove off in the man’s car, a silver-grey, 2006 model Toyota Corolla with registration number CF106 448.

They also took the man’s wallet with his ID as well as a laptop and fishing gear.

Three men approached a 38-year-old Uber driver as he was picking up clients in Retreat Road, on Sunday October 1, at about 4am. One of the men pointed a gun at the driver and forced him and his passengers out of the car, a silver Toyota Corolla Quest, which was later retrieved.

The suspects are still at large. Anyone with information about the hijackings can call Steenberg police at 021 702 9000.