29 Nov 2013

“Is that computer stolen or not?” in Hout Bay

“Is that computer stolen or not?” in Hout Bay

While driving home I came across a man who was carrying not one but two computers under his arms. Although it was broad daylight, and he was walking very proudly with them down the road, I had to ask him where he had got them from. He then told me that they had been given to him by a person a few houses up the street. Which I was then able to verify that they were indeed given to this man.

I felt bad for jumping to conclusion and stereotyping this individual as a thief. This incident got me thinking of solutions  to not make the same mistake in the future.

When people give an item of value to others (who will then be walking down a street with it), they should write them a letter with contact details of the person who gave it. This simple measure could save a lot of embarrassment and stop false accusation.

What do you guys think?

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18 Jul 2013

BOOM! Hout Bay

BOOM! Hout Bay
HBNW_Live  asked the question,” ATM on Main Rd – Side ripped open and glass smashed last night. Attempted break-in or vandalism?”
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28 Feb 2013

Captain Kai’s bakkie with boards stolen in Hout Bay

Captain Kai’s bakkie with boards stolen in Hout Bay

Kai had this to say:

How I love SA, my Isuzu with all my boards and the RVCA South Africa beach brollies stolen from my drive way! So anyone tries to sell you a Firewire Surfboards South Africa Advance (Wood deck) or Wedge Surfboards (Purple and Pink Lighting Bolts) or beach umbrellas in Cape Town, please report them and call me! If you spot my Isuzu, that would be nice to!

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06 Feb 2013

On the beat with Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch

This short clip shows what went down on a HBNW shift early this morning, Wednesday 6th February 2013.

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11 Dec 2012

Fake a kidnapping, make lots of money in Hout Bay

Fake a kidnapping, make lots of money in Hout Bay

Taken from iol.co.za/Jade Otto:

Cape Town – A Hout Bay woman who is alleged to have faked her son’s kidnapping to get money out of her friends, lied with ease when she defrauded about R4 million from people close to her, the State has argued.

Prosecutor Derrick Vogel told the Bellville Commercial Crimes Court on Monday that Kateryna Karpovska lied and manipulated people to benefit herself financially.

During his closing address, Vogel said Magistrate Amrith Chabilall should consider whether Karpovska was honest and trustworthy.

Karpovska, 39, from the Ukraine, is on trial on charges of fraud, money laundering and contravening the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Act.

One of the counts relates to Karpovska defrauding seven American friends.

Around 11pm on September 2, 2009 Karpovska allegedly e-mailed one of her friends saying that her son had been kidnapped and the ransom demanded was $2 million (R16m).

She claimed that she had raised most of the money but still needed $143 000.

Her friends agreed to help her and supplied the money. About R1m was paid into Karpovska’s bank account and she then told them that her son was returned to her.

Vogel argued that Karpovska had no problem lying to her American friends about the kidnapping, about certain documentation and about the fact that she was out of the country when she was in fact in Cape Town.

Karpovska admitted that she lied about her son’s kidnapping but said she was forced to do so.

She also testified earlier that she was handcuffed and held against her will by her ex-boyfriend and two other complainants, and that he demanded she get the money one way or the other.

Her lawyer, Pieter du Toit argued that the onus was on the State to prove her guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

Du Toit also said Karpovska wrote in an e-mail that she wanted to loan the money from her American friends and would repay them.

Du Toit said Karpovska entered into a loan agreement with them, adding that they had not invested the money with her.

The other charges against Karpovska relates to her acting as a financial advisor and committing fraud by depositing investments into her personal account.

Karpovska, however, denies the allegations, saying that the first complainant was her ex-boyfriend and that after their relationship soured, he opened a case against her.

Between May 2008 and May 2009 R4m was allegedly paid into Karpovska’s Absa bank account “for her personal benefit”.

But Karpovska says that she and her ex-boyfriend spent the money together and that money owed to the two other complainants was repaid. Judgment was expected on January 23.

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