Teller keeps cool, foils Northgate bank robbery

2012-03-05 17:38

Cape Town - A teller foiled a robbery at a Standard Bank in Northgate Mall, Johannesburg, on Monday after a man handed over a note saying he had a bomb and demanded money.

A police spokesperson at the scene told News24 that a 39-year-old man went into the Standard Bank  just before 16:00 and handed a note to one of the tellers on duty.

The note said that he had a bomb and demanded money.

The teller immediately passed the note on to her supervisor who activated the silent alarm, the spokesperson said.

The police were at the scene within minutes, and the suspect was subdued and apprehended, he said.
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  • Ben - 2012-03-05 17:45

    Nice work. Dont make it easy for criminals. They think they can take over.

      Kim - 2012-03-05 17:58

      This was one good apprentice.

      Francois - 2012-03-05 18:40

      I think here is a classical example of both excellent community work and of the Police. It is a pity that people like Cele and Selebi has a dump on these people's character, but then again they were not policemen that got the job, they were politcal appointments, thus in fact I think Mbekki and Janeekop must take some rap for the low esteem of society for the police service. Well done guys and lady!

      Tanie - 2012-03-05 18:41

      That's my GIRL.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-05 18:43

      This guy gives us criminals a bad name.

      Francois - 2012-03-05 18:55

      Oom Kriel, are you not bi - sexual like Malema allegedly is? In my opinion without prejudice, I think you should have said: "That is my boy" to the police officer.

      TheJaydedKing - 2012-03-05 19:04

      wont a dumb ass criminal. as south africans we really should have a better quality of criminal. we should maybe consider importing.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-05 19:08

      LOl king I agree baba, S.A is one of the most dangerous countries to live in. We have a reputation to protect. This guy is killin us!!!

      Adam - 2012-03-05 21:25

      They already have....zuma and co.

      yolie.Landa - 2012-03-06 09:16

      LOL,,, What a foolish fool

      Moss - 2012-03-06 11:24

      You call this guy a robber? he's sick. We both know what the real ones once they enter the bank

      colin.pridgeon.7 - 2012-06-15 15:32

      The lady made a good call

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-06-15 17:37

      There goes his weekend. No money and no Tracy Chapman.

  • jack.oosthuysen - 2012-03-05 17:46

    I wonder if his name is Werner?

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-05 17:58

      It can't be Werner, this guy is clearly not a winner.

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      Max - 2012-03-06 10:06

      Darwin award for this guy...Sticks around while they pass the note around the bank. Oh would you like some coffee while we wait for the police.

  • Michael - 2012-03-05 17:46

    Well done all involved. I think it will go down as a leading SA dumbest bank robbery.

      tatepr - 2012-03-05 19:08

      he most likely had just finished watching 30 minutes or less, and thought it was a good idea...

  • Morne - 2012-03-05 17:47

    I wish we could have a peacefull country! Would that be nice!

      fishycraig - 2012-03-05 18:24

      So far two criminals have given you thumb downs.

      fishycraig - 2012-03-05 19:01

      And now 3 out of 25. Sure is an informal way of gauging the percentage of criminals to normal people. 12%. But then again that is only indicative of those that are literate.

  • Shirley - 2012-03-05 17:52

    Cludos to the cashier and cabbages to the robber. There is no medication for stupidity!

  • Daryl - 2012-03-05 17:58

    There is no medication for stupid...

  • Martin - 2012-03-05 17:58

    WHAT AN IDIOT, armed robbery fail

  • logical007 - 2012-03-05 18:00

    DARWIN AWARD to so called bank robber.... wonderful work to teller at Standard Bank!!! They do have an awesome Manager too!

  • Dawood - 2012-03-05 18:03

    could it be a re-incarnation of Andre Stander..LOL

  • Simnikiwe - 2012-03-05 18:05

    If only every stupid person would do this.

  • Dirk - 2012-03-05 18:11

    And what if he did have a bomb?

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-05 18:24

      It would not explode, it was not addressed to the teller.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-05 18:12

    This is an extremely stupid robber. Telling people you have a bomb is a criminal offence. Now he will have to go to jail. He should have written on the note that he does not have a bomb.

  • Rebaone - 2012-03-05 18:13

    Good work SAPS,atleast now u r starting to do your work properly

  • william - 2012-03-05 18:16

    Well done to the lady teller, i hope the bank awards you well!!!! We need more people like you in this strife torn country of ours!!!

  • Holden - 2012-03-05 18:20

    Papa wag vir hom !

  • lizl.snyman - 2012-03-05 18:28

    Well done!!!! Super proud of the teller! :-)

  • Peter Botha - 2012-03-05 18:34

    During all this commotion & cabal the Northgate centre manager, & his so called security team, did not know how to deal with the situation. An utter useless & total inadequate emergency situation was implemented. No way's Cobus, rather stay in the borrowed caravan, sponsored to you by the Kreature shop.

  • nhlenganem - 2012-03-05 18:41

    Mampara of the day indeed

  • gerhard.vanas - 2012-03-05 19:15

    ja he should be on smokingbarrel present dumbest criminal, lol. what a dumb ass

  • janti.cloete - 2012-03-05 19:28

    I take he was bluffing about the bomb??

  • Rinnewien - 2012-03-05 20:48

    Give that teller a Bells

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-03-05 23:46

    I hope they make an example of him as with the taxi guy that got 20 years.

  • skilliepieterse - 2012-03-06 02:05

    Knap gedaan teller persoon, you deserve a double Bells!

  • Paula - 2012-03-06 09:21

    Dumb ass...Watches to much tv...get a job

  • Dianne - 2012-03-06 09:45

    Clever and brave lady.

  • Taryn - 2012-03-06 11:29

    some people's comments on here are pathetic do me a favour - "i wish I was as cool as u criminal" PATHETIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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