Suspects held after tourists are robbed at Cape ATM

2010-12-29 13:24

Metro police have arrested three people for allegedly robbing tourists at an ATM in central Cape Town, a spokesperson said today.

Acting Metro chief Wayne le Roux said the tourists, two women, asked the three suspects to help them operate the ATM because they could not understand the language.

“The suspects helped them to draw the R1 000 they needed but then withdrew another R5 000 for themselves,” Le Roux said.

“When officers arrived at the scene the two tourists pointed out the three suspects.”

The three have been charged with fraud.

“The tourists could not communicate in English, but they provided the officers at the scene with the phone number of someone who could translate for them,” he said.

The incident happened last Sunday.

Metro police usually issue news releases about such incidents only some days after their occurrence.

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