MOTORISTS have been warned not to stop for pedestrians or vehicles that appear to have broken down following a hijacking near Thornhill earlier this week.
Police spokeswoman Colonel Priscilla Naidu said a Jeffreys Bay man, 71, was hijacked when he stopped on the R102 near Thornhill on Tuesday for three men who had pushed their Hyundai into the middle of the road.
"Three men near the stationary vehicle approached him. One of the men pointed a firearm at him and forced him out of the car and into the boot of the Hyundai and left him there while they stole his Toyota Camry as well as a large amount of cash.
"The man managed to free himself from the boot and alert a passerby who called the police."
Naidu said police had since established the Hyundai was hijacked on Monday in KwaDwesi.
"Police believe that this is a new ploy to hijack motorists. Shortly before this incident, a farmer reported that he had passed the same men standing next to the car holding a container signalling that they had run out of petrol," she said.
"The public is urged to use their discretion. Should a driver be suspicious, they should rather not stop as these ploys are not uncommon," Naidu said.