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.
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