ATM hold-up: ex-policeman arrested

2011-06-02 00:00

DURBAN — A former warrant officer of the SA Police Services was among four men arrested in connection with a robbery in Hluhluwe during which a bank manager was shot and killed.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Phindile Radebe said four men robbed the bank at about 10 am on Monday while three security officers were loading cash into an ATM at the First National Bank branch in the town.

The heavily armed robbers overpowered the guards and took one guard’s pistol. They started shooting when they made their getaway and the branch manager, Thembinkosi Mbatha (51), was fatally wounded in the shoulder.Radebe said bystanders were able to describe the getaway vehicle and police stopped the car in town.

Two of the robbers were arrested while a third fled the scene on foot. One of the arrested men had  been released earlier from police custody. Meanwhile, two other suspects have been arrested, Radebe said.

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