Conman is on thin ice

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A number of South Coast businessmen, mostly restaurant owners, need help finding a man who fixes ice machines – someone they say is a con artist.

Mark Smith, owner of Something Nice in the Shelly Centre, sounded the alarm after he became one of this man’s victims.

Smith said the man approached him in January.

“He arrived at the restaurant and introduced himself, explai-ning what he does.

“I had two ice machines which needed repairing. He had a look at them, fixed them, and did a good job,” he said.

“At the time I was busy with renovations and needed a new extractor fan installed, which he said he could make and install,” said Smith.

Noting the good work done on the ice machines, Smith trusted him and gave him a deposit for the extractor fan, as well as a deposit to fix another ice machine and a blender.

But he hasn’t seen him since. On February 12, he arranged to meet him, but he failed to show up.

“I have made numerous calls but when he hears my voice he cuts the call,” said Smith.

“Port Shepstone detectives are investigating a case of theft,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid.

“It is believed that the same man has also conned businesses in Uvongo, Margate and Port Shepstone in the same manner.”

No one has been arrested and police are requesting individuals who have had similar experiences to contact them to report the matter at 039-688-1062/1064.


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