Arrested cop had card-clone device

2009-08-03 00:00

A DURBAN policeman and an accomplice have been arrested in connection with an ATM card-cloning syndicate.

The two suspects were arrested on the R103 near Cato Ridge following an attempted robbery at the Polly Shortts Shopping Centre in Cleland, Pietermaritzburg.

Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said a woman was withdrawing cash at an ATM at lunch time Saturday when two men approached her and interfered with the transaction.

They began pressing ATM keys and took her bank card, but she reacted quickly and snatched it back. She screamed for help and the men ran away, jumped into a white VW Golf and sped away.

The woman called the police emergency number and reported the incident, giving a full description of the men and the getaway vehicle.

“The SAPS circulated the particulars of the vehicle and a short while later members of the SAPS Camperdown intercepted the car. Both suspects were subsequently arrested and a card-cloning device was found inside the car.”

Budhram said the suspects’ modus operandi is to obtain bank cards and clone them, to be used for fraudulent withdrawals. “We have established that one of the suspects is a member of the SAPS stationed in the Durban area,” he said.

Both suspects, aged 25 and 35, are in police cells awaiting a court appearance in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s court shortly. They will face charges of robbery and fraud. “The SAPS will not condone misconduct and criminal activity among its members and will ensure that the law takes its course,” said Budhram.

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