July Day race samples stolen... I piss you not

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6 months 1 week ago #734085 by Bob Brogan
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The National Horseracing Authority regrets to inform you of the unfortunate happenings with regards to the courier services after the Vodacom Durban July.

On Saturday 7 July 2018, sometime after 21h30 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 cell phone. The three men also accessed the courier vehicle and removed all the sealed boxes containing the raceday 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.

On Sunday 8 July 2018 at 11h30, 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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6 months 1 week ago #734088 by onlyinthiscountry
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So who was cheating???

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6 months 1 week ago #734093 by Muhtiman
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....well now...not too cleva.....letting all know that there is a chink in the armor......valuable specimens in the custody of a courier company.....why bother to burn down the lab....when one knows this weak spot.....all one needs to grab the specimens.... is to monitor courier activity at race courses.... :S

My idea of "help from above" is a sniper on the roof.

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6 months 1 week ago #734097 by Tigershark
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The "co-incidence" number must be off the charts that the courier vehicle carrying the samples from the biggest race day is pulled over by "fake cops" to rob the driver and take the samples.

I am not a conspiracy theorist but a doctor of statistics once said to me that when the "co-incidence" number is off the charts there is normally something sweet in Switzerland.

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6 months 1 week ago #734098 by the good
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Country full of crooks and hijacking :angry:

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6 months 1 week ago #734100 by Over the Air
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Incredible.

So someone didn't want samples to be tested and paid a pretty sum to ensure this never happened. Let the conspiracy theories begin. Snowdance getting beat would save the bookies millions is the obvious first shot across the bows.....

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6 months 1 week ago #734101 by Muhtiman
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.....who wants a courier van.... :huh:.....but seeing a courier vehicle in service on a Saturday night.....must have thought they were carrying diamonds.... :dry:

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6 months 1 week ago - 6 months 1 week ago #734103 by Urbanite
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If you were the investigator in charge of this case, who would be your main suspect(s)?
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6 months 1 week ago #734108 by winzip
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i know who my number 1 suspect would be,no rocket science needed to figure this one out.

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6 months 1 week ago #734109 by durbs
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Bob Brogan wrote: The National Horseracing Authority regrets to inform you of the unfortunate happenings with regards to the courier services after the Vodacom Durban July.

On Saturday 7 July 2018, sometime after 21h30 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 cell phone. The three men also accessed the courier vehicle and removed all the sealed boxes containing the raceday 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.

On Sunday 8 July 2018 at 11h30, 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.

You don't walk through Pigeon Valley for a shortcut as the entrance and exit are the same.There is the main road (Princess Alice Avenue) and the entrance is a path that veers 90 degrees off it.So the specimens would have been dropped right by the main road on the path leading to the reserve not inside the reserve.And a girl on her own she would know better than walking in the reserve on her own.
Last week, a person walking deep in Pigeon Valley in Glenwood came across a semi-naked woman’s corpse. Her head, nipples, finger and vagina had been removed. A man was arrested for the woman’s murder.

Colonel Thembeka Mbhele confirmed the head and finger had been recovered.
That was in February this year.

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6 months 1 week ago #734115 by durbs
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It really looks like they where not after the specimens otherwise they would have dispersed of them properly and not on the side of the road.And if they knew what was inside the box why did they force it open?
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6 months 1 week ago #734122 by Bob Brogan
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Really embarrassing... Published by the racing post

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6 months 1 week ago #734123 by Bob Brogan
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Sure they probably expected cash?

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6 months 1 week ago #734125 by Sylvester
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Once the boxes were opened i guess contents is technically compromised and no use to anyone.

durbs wrote: It really looks like they where not after the specimens otherwise they would have dispersed of them properly and not on the side of the road.And if they knew what was inside the box why did they force it open?

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6 months 1 week ago #734126 by Chris van Buuren
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I would imagine a courier van being tailed from the racecourse, thinking it may contain the daily take ( :sick: :blink: ), held up, specimens opened later to find no cash and dumped on the side of the road somewhere.

Personally, no foul play suspected but who knows

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6 months 1 week ago #734129 by chicken n chips
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sa racing, the gift that keeps on giving
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6 months 1 week ago #734152 by the good
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Country full of crooks and hijacking :angry:

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6 months 1 week ago #734165 by Dave Scott
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This is really "taking the piss" a bit too far !!

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6 months 1 week ago - 6 months 1 week ago #734171 by Urbanite
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With the poor reputation of horseracing at the moment, what with NHA rules being ignored and transgressed (even by the NHA themselves), the embracing and protecting of fraudsters, nepotism, cobalt use, asset grabbing etc. it is difficult to assume anything else but another transgression against the rules and ethos of horseracing.
If u were the perpetrator and u knew the first finger would be pointed immediately in your general direction, you would instruct the 'hijackers' to open the boxes so that it would look like just another cash heist or hijacking attempt and that would throw any investigation off the scent and away from your direction.
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1 week 11 hours ago #748847 by Muhtiman
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.....saw a headline from some publication they had on TT that this mystery had been solved.....:unsure:

....so what's the story....:huh:

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