Woman robbed after cash withdrawal

2014-02-04 00:00

POLICE have warned people not to withdraw large amounts of cash and if they do, to be extra cautious.

Dorcas Lindiwe MaMkhize Harricks (60) from Willowfountain has claimed that she was the victim of an elaborate scam that involved her being injected with a substance that put her to sleep.

The drama began when she withdrew R9 000 from Nedbank in Chief Albert Luthuli Road last week for her grandson.

She said she was walking towards the tourism office on her way to Spar to deposit the money when a woman picked up a roll of money from the pavement near her and showed it to her.

“I told her to return the money to a man who passed by carrying files, after she said that it belonged to him. She refused and carried on walking next to me. When we were next to a phone booth, a car stopped suddenly on the road near us.

“A man got out of the white VW Golf, and produced a police identification card. He asked me about the money I had withdrawn from the bank. He wanted to see the bank receipt and ordered me to accompany them to the police station,” said Harricks.

She said as they drove off, the man pointed a gun at her and ordered her to give them her money. She alleged that when they were driving past MacDonalds, they injected her with a liquid that put her to sleep.

She later woke up in Ashburton with a wad of newspaper stuffed into the brown envelope that had contained her precious money.

“When I woke up, I was tied up and in a strange place. A man who works at a trucking company in Ashburton helped me to get home. He said they had found people dumped there before in similar circumstances. I wept as I explained to him what had happened to me.”

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said they are investigating a case of robbery.

“The man introduced himself as a police officer. He then told the victim and the woman that they were seen by the CCTV cameras picking up the money that belonged to another man,” said Zwane.

No arrests have been made and police appealed to the public to not fall victim to this type of scam.

“People are urged not to withdraw large amounts of cash and rather to make electronic transfers, where possible.

“When approached, try to attract as much attention for assistance, possibly from a passer-by or a security guard, and memorise as much information regarding the suspects and the suspect vehicle to assist the police in their investigations,” said Zwane.

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