Two ATMs hit: three-man gang sought

2012-09-29 00:00

ATMs were bombed at Nottingham Road and Mid-Illovo in the early hours of yesterday morning.

A man who went to investigate one of the bombings was shot.

In each case, police are looking for three men, but would not speculate yesterday about whether the cases were linked.

In Nottingham Road, three men armed with AK47 rifles arrived at the FNB ATM in a Ford Bantam bakkie with Gauteng registration plates, said Captain Lolly Moodley.

They used remotely triggered commercial explosives to blow up the ATM.

A man sleeping in a room nearby was shot by the robbers when he went to investigate the blast.

He is in a serious condition in hospital.

FNB spokesperson Steve Higgins said there had been a lull recently in ATM bombings.

Before the ATM can be replaced, a security review of the area would be done, he added. “If the security around the area is found to be poor then we will find another location for a new ATM nearby.”

The second ATM, in a shop near a service station in Mid-Illovo, was blown up by three men, said police spokesperson, Captain Thulani Zwane.

“An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen,” Zwane said.

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