Increase in muggings

Police have warned of a spike in muggings in Goodwood.

Goodwoodpolice spokesman,Captain Waynne Theunis, said the muggers were getting up close to their victims before snatching their cellphones.

“Suspects approach the victims to ask for the time. If the victim checked their watches, they were told to look at their cellphones.

“Suspectsalso approached victims with earphones and asked to listen to their music and then made off with their cellphones,” he said.

He urged the public to keep their cellphones concealed.

“Residents should also avoid dark and desolate places; walk in groups and be aware of their surroundings,” he added.

Aman,43, is behind bars for allegedly lying to the police about being hijacked in Voortrekker Road.

Policesayhe reportedbeing hijacked by two men who took his Toyota Hilux bakkie on Thursday March 22.

“During the investigation, the detectives smelt a rat and interrogated the suspect.

“While conducting the interrogation, the man’s tracking company traced the car to an address in Bellville,” said Captain Theunis.

A detective who visited the address had been told the man had pawned his vehicle for R30 000.

The man is set to appear in the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court on a charge of defeating the ends of justice.