NATIONAL NEWS - Durban North SAPS are looking for a man wanted in connection with the theft of R300 in petrol.
The man targeted a service station on Waterkant Road last week and began an altercation before driving off without paying.
Captain Raymond Deokaran, spokesman for the Durban North SAPS, said the suspect arrived at the service station and requested petrol.
“The driver requested the petrol attendant to fill R300 worth of petrol. He also asked the attendant to wash his windscreens. When it came to the payment, the suspect said he would pay for the petrol using his card.”
“However, when the attendant asked the suspect to put on his mask, the man refused and a verbal altercation ensued. He then drove off without paying. CCTV footage showed the suspect’s vehicle was a VW Polo, however it was fitted with false plates,” he said.
Deokaran said a case of theft had been opened following the incident.
“A day later a similar incident occurred when the driver of a Isuzu bakkie also requested R300 in petrol. When it came to paying, the suspect paid R50 and then said he couldn’t pay for the rest and drove off. A case of theft has also been opened,” he said.
He also urged petrol attendants and station owners to ask drivers to switch off their cars while they are filling up.
“It’s also important for staff to remember to always record the registration numbers of vehicles that fill up at the garage before customers are allowed to put fuel in their tanks,” he said.