SAPS ALERT: Police Warn Communities to be Vigilant when Using ATM's


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Media Statement from Mpumalanga Media CentreCorporate CommunicationSouth African Police Service

The police in Mpumalanga are warning the community to be vigilant when using Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) at all times. The warning comes after an international tourist was robbed of his bank card yesterday, 13 November 2018.

Subsequent to the incident, the 72 Hour Activation Plan was immediately carried out in which relevant resources were deployed in the form of the Tactical Response Team (TRT) and Netstar, who were able to make a breakthrough within a short space of time. According to information, the suspects after robbing the victim, jumped into a white Volkswagen Polo and fled the scene. The team spotted and cornered the vehicle around the bus terminus in the Nelspruit CBD, arrested the trio and also seized two vehicles in the process.

A preliminary investigation suggested that the trio are part of a group that is specialising in robbing people, cloning bank cards, stealing items out of motor vehicles and other prevalent criminal activities.

The suspects aged between 35 and 39, are expected to appear at the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court tomorrow, 15 November 2018, facing a charge of theft. They are currently being profiled to establish their involvement in other crimes.

The Provincial Commissioner of the police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma has reiterated that the police will unreservedly stamp the authority of the state for the community to be safe. He indicated that the members are out and about under the banner of Festive Season Operation which embodies other operations like Safer Fridays. “No stone will be left unturned as the police will work tirelessly without fear, favour or prejudice in ensuring that our people enjoy a safe festive season and beyond”, said General Zuma.

-ENDS-

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