Police nab ATM fraud gang

2012-01-26 00:00

ATTEMPTS by an ATM fraud syndicate to allegedly bribe police into letting them go after their arrest were thwarted when police nabbed the man who tried to negotiate their freedom.

The gang had been arrested by the Cato Manor crime prevention unit in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Four men pretending to use an ATM were arrested in a sting operation after they allegedly tried to interfere with the machine. Three of the four had reportedly posed as customers while one of the suspects interfered with the ATM.

Police officers, in plain clothes, who were watching the incident unfold approached the suspects, who then fled with police giving chase. They were arrested at Booth Road, Cato Manor. The suspects were searched and found in possession of ATM cards from different banks. Sapa reported they had 300 cards, according to Colonel Vincent Mdunge.

Whilst the police were still checking the suspects’ vehicle, a man approached them and offered to pay the police R4 000 in exchange for the release of the four suspects.

The police arrested the man.

The suspects will be charged for fraud and possession of suspected stolen property.

They are expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court.

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