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Gauteng thieves steal hearse

2013-03-25 11:30

GRIM CRIME IN GAUTENG: Car thieves stole a hearse from a funeral parlour in Centurion. BEELD

Car thieves stole a hearse from a Pretoria funeral parlour, then reversed the vehicle through padlocked steel doors to make their getaway, Beeld reported on March 25, 2013.

According to Kobus Minnaar, owner of Martin's funeral home in Clubview, Centurion, the dark metallic grey SsangYong Stavic only has 60 000km on the clock.

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Just after midnight, last Sunday, he was notified by his neighbourhood watch that his garage doors were open. The thieves had ignored a bakkie parked right next to the hearse and had broken into the reception area to get its keys.

Minnaar said they then reversed the car through the locked gates so violently that the gates were ripped off their hinges.

"Why they would want a hearse, I could not say. We found pieces of the car all the way to the highway, nearly a kilometre down the road. The hearse must be a wreck.

"The hearse is only used between the church, cemetery and the crematorium. It also does not have a tracking system because it only travels along those familiar paths."

He said after three days without a hearse, without which he could not run his business, his new vehicle was being parked at another location.
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