A woman from George in the Western Cape has allegedly had valuables stolen to the value of R1.5 million from her home safe after a visit from a locksmith.
She said the most precious piece that was stolen was a very old, priceless DA Vinci clock watch, the George Herald reported.
Last year, Sigrid Eifenberger, called out a reputable locksmith to her home to help her open the safe after she had lost the key.
‘During that time, she allegedly left one of the locksmith employees who arrived at her place alone in the upstairs room where the safe was, while she was downstairs talking to someone else at the front door.
It wasn’t until February this year that she opened the safe to take something out, just to discover that it had been emptied.
According to Lieutenant Annacletta Mothoalo, George Police communication officer, the complainant called out a locksmith on the morning of 15 December last year.
“She has opened a case of theft and the police obtained statements from the locksmith employees. George Police are looking for anyone who can assist with information or who might have seen anyone trying to sell jewellery or the watch,” said Mothoalo.
Eifenberger said she blamed herself for being too trusting.
“We have been living at Fancourt for over 20 years and nothing like this has ever happened before.”
“The jewellery was not insured.”
“I do not worry so much about the jewellery, but it is horrible that the watch is now gone.”
“I know that it is very long after the incident to be making a case and to hope to find what we have lost, but we have to try.”
– Caxton News Service