NEWSFLASH: Thief killed in fiery blaze in the east

A suspected thief was killed in a fire when his car caught alight in Waterkloof on Monday morning.

The thief was attempting to escape from the police according to a witness who asked not to be named.

The witness said the burglar attempted to evade capture and crashed his vehicle which then caught alight on the corner of Albert and Crown streets on Monday morning.

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The witness told Rekord that two men had attempted to rob a house in the Waterkloof area and were fleeing but were cornered by the police resulting in the accident.

One of the two men fled on foot and the other crashed the vehicle into a wall.

The witness said one of the culprits – the driver was unfortunately trapped in the car when it ignited.

“He unfortunately burnt to death from what I could tell since the police pathology van came to the scene after.”

The police would not confirm nor deny that a man was killed in the blaze.

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They said the matter was being investigated and that a detailed report would be provided later.

High Risk security spokesperson Arthur Crewe said his firm was involved in the chase but would give further details save to say the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed.

“The police are busy with investigations and I’m sure they will issue a statement in due course. ”

The incident is said to have occurred around 10:00 and a burnt flat screen TV suspected stolen was found in the back seat.

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