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14 May 2012 at 15:36 - Posted by Anonymous

Rolex gang hits new targets


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One of four thugs tries to hijack a Boksburg couple who had been shopping for Rolex watches, but this would-be hijacker was caught on CCTV after the car sped away. Photo: Cctv Footage

The businessman and his wife had just stopped to swipe a tag to open their complex’s boom gate on Saturday after shopping for expensive watches. Then all hell broke loose.

A silver Volkswagen Passat pulled up behind them at high speed and rammed the couple’s Mercedes-Benz CL 500 Sports.

Within seconds, the hijackers had jumped out with their guns.

“I put my foot down and accelerated straight through the boom gate,” the businessman said.

The Mercedes’s front windscreen was shattered, and the couple were in shock, but safe.

Constable Meschack Mosoma, the investigating officer, believes that “those guys were the Rolex gang”. But the attempted hijacking wasn’t in Houghton, Atholl, Inanda, Illovo or any other of the swanky Joburg suburbs usually targeted by the notorious thugs who target people for their watches, jewellery and cars. The businessman and his wife live in Boksburg.

“This type of crime isn’t restricted to the northern suburbs,” the businessman said.

Mosoma confirmed that another case of Rolex theft had occurred in January, also in Ekurhuleni.

But this time, in Boksburg, the gang were caught on a CCTV camera. Frame grabs include one of the hijackers pointing a firearm at the driver and, after the Mercedes had sped off, one of the would-be hijackers turns and faces the camera.

Anyone who can identify him will get R10 000 from the Boksburg businessman. Police said the registration plates of the hijackers’ vehicle were found to have been false.

The businessman said he suspects he might have been followed home from Eastgate, where he bought two R500 000 Rolex watches.

 

The gang’s alleged leader, Kevin Ludidi, was arrested last year after a car chase and shooting in Sandton. He was reportedly granted R8 000 bail – for the third time – in March.

Anyone with information about the pictured suspect can phone the Boksburg police station at 011 841 6800 or Constable Mosoma at 073 415 9006.

The Star

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