- A family’s holiday plans were ruined when they discovered their trailer had been stolen from their home
- A criminal case was opened
- It has since emerged that the trailer wasn’t stolen but taken to Durban accidentally
Craig Wilson and his wife were livid after returning home.
To their horror, they discovered that their trailer had been stolen from their driveway.
Holiday plans ruined, the couple opened a criminal case at their closest police station in Boksburg.
Security companies in the area were also alerted to be on the lookout for the missing trailer – valued at R7500.
However, it has since emerged that the trailer wasn’t intentionally stolen but was more a case of mistaken identity.
TimesLIVE reported that the mystery was solved by viewing the CCTV footage.
The “thief” was actually under the impression the trailer belong to the Wilson’s neighbour, Pierre Steenkamp.
The man arranged to borrow Steenkamp’s trailer for a week-long trip to Durban.
When he drive down their road, he saw Wilson’s trailer and assumed it belonged to Steenkamp.
He then stopped and persuaded the gardener to open the gate and allow him to take it – as the owner was in agreement.
An unimpressed Wilson said, “One would think common sense would prevail. Why didn’t this man check the house number and the trailer registration before hitching it to his car and driving off? Surely you check with the owners of the house before you take something, or you make a phone call. I can’t believe there are people out there who can’t check these details to confirm they have the right place before taking something. It amazes me the lack of common sense.”
The incident took place on Christmas Eve but Wilson was able to contact the man on the 27th and he agreed to immediately return it and pay rental of R200 per day.
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