THE three men, who were arrested for stealing a large sum of cash from a woman, appeared in Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court last Thursday.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said the case was postponed to next week for a formal bail application. They each face a charge of robbery.
Zoleka Vungwana from Bizana was depositing cash at an ATM in Shelly Beach on Wednesday when a man offered to assist her.
Another man was standing at the adjacent ATM.
In a matter of seconds her bank card was stolen and the suspects fled and got into a white Hyundai sedan with Gauteng registration plates.
“She screamed for help and the police were informed. Port Shepstone SAPS radio control circulated details of the vehicle. Police vehicles in the area were sent to block off possible escape routes,” said Wiid.
Cash was also withdrawn from her account.
Constable Orlando Nyawose from the Port Shepstone K9 unit spotted the sought vehicle driving past on the freeway near the Oribi Toll Plaza.
“He followed the vehicle and managed to pull off the vehicle in the Southport policing area. Within minutes Warrant Officer Johan Terreblanche from the K9 unit also arrived to assist Constable Nyawose,” said Wiid.
Sergeant Rudi Smit and Constable Sandile Mpisane from Port Shepstone 10111 response centre and Warrant Officer Marc Wiid from the K9 unit also responded.
“The vehicle and suspects fitted the description given by the complainant and they were taken to Port Shepstone police station,” said Wiid.
Cluster Commander, Major-General Thembi Ndlovu, who was doing her rounds at the station, commended the members personally for their quick response and the successful arrest of the suspects.
“The complainant could not stop praising the police of Port Shepstone,” added Wiid.
A large amount of money was recovered and the vehicle was impounded.