South Africa

Mystery over Durban July equine specimens

2018-07-10 09:28
Police van (Supplied)

Cape Town - The National Horseracing Authority has confirmed the unfortunate happenings with regards to the courier services carrying the race day specimens of the Vodacom Durban July day race meeting.

According to the Sporting Post website, on Saturday, July 7, sometime after 21:30, the courier service vehicle which was transporting the post-race equine specimens taken after every race on the day, from Greyville Racecourse, was pulled over on the N2 freeway by an unmarked white VW Golf 7.

This unmarked vehicle had a flashing blue light as well as a PA system. The driver assumed that it was a police vehicle and followed their instructions to pull over. The driver was ordered to get out of the courier vehicle and told to lie down on the ground.

Three plain-clothed males alighted from the unmarked white vehicle and proceeded to rob the driver of his personal effects, including his wallet and cellphone. The three men also accessed the courier vehicle and removed all the sealed boxes containing the race day specimens.

They then left, leaving the vehicle and driver at the scene. The courier service has opened a criminal case at the Westville Police Station.

The following day at 11:30, a woman was walking in the Pigeon Valley Nature Reserve in Glenwood, Durban, to visit family members who stayed in the vicinity.

On the pathway she found the specimen boxes, which had been forced open, with the specimens still inside. She then noticed that there was information on the boxes which stated “Greyville 7/7/2018”. On her return to the area a few hours later, she saw that the boxes had disappeared.

The courier company is waiting for the case number to be assigned.

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