Two cops linked to 15-man ATM gang

2011-07-25 00:00

IN a new twist two police officers have been arrested for alleged links with a gang of notorious ATM bombers and brazen killers, who are operating around the country.

This brings the number of arrests to five. The two officers were arrested yesterday following the capture of a third member of the gang in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The group is believed to consist of at least 15 members. On Thursday two suspects were arrested following tip-offs from members of the public after police released CCTV footage of the gang in action.

The two police officers are reportedly stationed at Soweto and Protea Glen police stations in Gauteng.

Their arrests came shortly after the capture of the man who is believed to have fatally shot a 33-year-old police reservist, Constable Busisiwe Mehlwana, during a recent ATM bombing at a filling station in Pimville, Soweto.

Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Neville Malila yesterday said corruption within the SA Police Service will not be tolerated.

“We are shocked that our own could be involved in criminal activity, but we won’t hesitate to arrest them.”

Malila said it is suspected that the arrested officers have been providing the robbers with ammunition as they are usually heavily armed.

Recently a security guard was shot execution style during an ATM bombing in the Mondlo area near Vryheid. Four members of the gang, still on the run, were captured on CCTV footage that now being circulated in the media.

The head of Crime Line, Yusuf Abramjee, said the public can pass information to Crime Stop by phoning 08600 10111, SMSing 32211 or visiting www.crimeline.co.za.

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