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We're refilling ATM, robbers tell cops - report

2012-05-09 22:17

Johannesburg - An ATM was damaged during a break-in at a Standard Bank branch in Norwood, Johannesburg, on Wednesday, police said.

"It was not a robbery, it was a break-in," said Captain Phillip Maganedisa.

He said robbers climbed into the ceiling of the bank and landed up at the back of the ATM.

"They damaged some alarm equipment. At this stage it seems no money was taken."

He said bank officials still had to do a reconciliation.

"They have not come back to us yet on whether money was stolen or not," he said.

The Star reported on Wednesday that the ATM robbery could have been foiled, but that the robbers persuaded police that they were refilling the cash machine rather than emptying it.

The newspaper reported that two men and a women in a Fidelity Security bakkie were seen at the ATM by patrolling police at 01:00.

The three were loading containers of cash into their vehicle, and the police stopped to asked what where they doing.

The police drove off after the three said they were refilling the machine.

Standard Bank security found there was no forced entry to the cash machine's vaults and that the safe was left wide open and unbroken.

Police suspected the robbery might be an inside job, and that the ATM locks were left open deliberately to allow robbers to come and pick up the cash.

Maganedisa said police were investigating.

Comments
  • Anton - 2012-05-09 22:33

    Hahahahahaha...I bet the cops helped them to refill the ATM...Hahahahahaha!!!!!!

      Vernon - 2012-05-09 22:43

      hahaha....heh..

      Benn - 2012-05-10 04:38

      Wont be surprized if they were relatives of the police

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-05-10 05:38

      Hehehehehehehehehehe......

      Fredster - 2012-05-10 07:41

      what...no bribe?

      Sean - 2012-05-10 11:23

      OMFG, these must be the dumbest cops on the planet. FFS, did they even bother to ask the so called Fidelity guards for ID's or such. I cannot beleeeeef how stupid some people are

  • Sharon - 2012-05-09 22:54

    "The three were loading containers of cash into their vehicle" Um, ok - I am not a police person, but if you are refilling the machine, the money should be going in the opposite direction?

      thinga - 2012-05-09 23:07

      Maybe the containers that were being loaded were already empty, it is possible

      Frans - 2012-05-09 23:20

      @Thinga- The three were loading containers of cash into their vehicle- what part don't you understand?

      gift.rode - 2012-05-10 02:24

      The article doesn't say wether the containers had cash or not

      Vic - 2012-05-10 03:56

      Thinga and Gift, do you honestly believe ATM's are loaded with cash at that time of the morning, when they would become soft targets? Where's the logic?

      iainrhind - 2012-05-10 07:01

      @gift.rode - Paragraph 9 states the following :"The three were loading containers of cash into their vehicle, and the police stopped to asked what where they doing". My interpretation of "containers of cash" means there was money in them.

      pws69 - 2012-05-10 07:11

      You guys are being hard on Thinga and Gift. The containers are closed, so no way to know if there was cash in or not. They may be a bit naive about 1am ATM refills though.

      Karen - 2012-05-10 08:54

      And Standard Bank will have ATM Custodians filling the ATM, not Fidelity Guards, they only deliver the Cash. Logic seems not to be pre-requisite of becoming a member of the Police Force.

      Kala - 2012-05-10 10:11

      @pws69 Read the article again. Wait I'll save you the time: "The three were loading containers of cash into their vehicle, and the police stopped to asked what where they doing."

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-05-09 23:34

    And these are the people I must call in an emergency?!

  • Clint - 2012-05-10 02:01

    Something is missing in this article.. Eitha i smell or i read a rat. it cud also b that news24 has knw concrete story 2 print who knows..

  • porshe.vrebec - 2012-05-10 02:06

    just opposite my place uhh! pop and security are one organise crime sydicate,

  • jan.spamer - 2012-05-10 03:51

    Refilling the machine at 01:00!! Huh?????

  • Vic - 2012-05-10 03:52

    Am I missing something here? If this happened around 0100, surely the police should have been suspicious, and done an investigation. They don't load ATM's at that time of the morning, and were taking boxes to the vehicle !

  • WhiteNut - 2012-05-10 04:51

    Lol

  • Nockx - 2012-05-10 05:41

    Logic. Police dudes lack some.. Refilling @ 1am? I will buy tickets to see a movie that has this scene.tltltltltltltltlt well played robbers

      tshepo.ally - 2012-06-05 12:40

      lol...would it be a comedy or crime/action movie?

  • Nockx - 2012-05-10 05:41

    Logic. Police dudes lack some.. Refilling @ 1am? I will buy tickets to see a movie that has this scene.tltltltltltltltlt well played robbers

  • John - 2012-05-10 05:57

    Haaaaaa Haaaaaaa Heeeeeee Heeeeeeee, you just couldn't make a story up like this. How many brain cells do you need to be a police man. Please check there bank accounts to make sure they didn't get a bribe? Dumb and Dumber?

  • John - 2012-05-10 06:29

    They are investigating??????

  • Vincent - 2012-05-10 07:07

    \Re-filling ATM at 1am...dumd cops bought the story.\

  • pws69 - 2012-05-10 07:10

    These robbers should be in sales. Damn, they could sell the Golden Gate bridge (with toll rights)! :-)

  • Zion - 2012-05-10 07:49

    Who were the cops? Grade 3 drop-outs? This will make my day.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-10 07:51

    Robber to cop,,, excuse me officer,,, could you please hold my gun while I pillage through the safe. And when I'm done could you please help me with these full cash boxes to my car. I'm abit short handed at the moment.

  • kabelo.leballo - 2012-05-10 09:05

    Italian Job hahahahahahahahaha

  • Edna - 2012-05-10 14:26

    Whaa haa.....tell us "another one"

  • mzi.magwaza - 2012-05-10 17:45

    Hahaha mzantsi magic

  • Dianne - 2012-05-30 09:38

    OMG Hysterical....they persuaded the police they were refilling the machine???? Is this not proof of exactly how dumb the police in SA are?

  • Shaka - 2012-05-30 09:54

    The Real Hustle - now in Jozi. LMAO

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