Zaydia Lennon tells OFM News that her car disappeared immediately after the male suspect, who pretended to be a client, left the premises on Monday.
She adds she suspects this was a meticulously planned crime, as she heard from other hair salon owners in the same street that an oddly suspicious man entered their salons requesting vouchers without any specifications on the type of voucher he wanted.
She adds that after running her errands in the city she went back to her business and found the suspect sitting and waiting for her.
Lennon further adds that the man asked about vouchers and working hours, but while in conversation with him the suspect allegedly stole her car keys. She adds that she since opened a case of a motor theft with the local police in that area. The police are yet to comment.
OFM News previously reported that police in Bloemfontein acknowledged that there has been a slight uptick in reported instances of vehicle theft and attempted carjackings, but assured the public that the authorities are on top of the problem and doing their best to resolve it.
The Park Road Cluster Commander in the Free State capital, Kgothatso Ramokotjo, speaking to OFM News in June 2019, acknowledged the busy police station has seen a rise in reported car theft in the city and he is also aware that the Mangaung Cluster was experiencing an increase in hijackings.
Ramokotjo said they suspect the upsurge in vehicle theft might be linked to a syndicate, but stressed the public should be vigilant, not alarmed.