2 arrested, BMW SUV seized after robbers flee with ATM in Mpumalanga

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A BMW X3 seized by police after it was found in possession of suspects who stole an  ATM.
A BMW X3 seized by police after it was found in possession of suspects who stole an ATM.
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  • Two men were arrested for stealing an ATM.
  • It has not been found.
  • Police confiscated a vehicle allegedly used to tow away the ATM.

Police have confiscated a BMW SUV and arrested two suspects after they allegedly used the car to steal an ATM. 

The pair and three others held staff at gunpoint at a filling station near Secunda on Friday.

Police spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli said the heavily armed men arrived at the filling station at around 02:00. 

Some of them were wearing police bulletproof vests. 

"The suspects, who were armed with rifles, tied employees and detached the ATM, loaded it on a trailer and towed it away. 

"The incident was reported to police who swiftly responded and activated their resources in search of the suspects."

Police later spotted a BMW X3 matching the description of the wanted vehicle.

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"A high-speed chase ensued until the BMW was brought to a halt near Morgenzon. Inside the vehicle, police found number plates and tools to remove the ATM.

"The suspects were arrested, and the vehicle confiscated. The car will form part of the investigation. The two men are expected to appear in court on Monday."

Mdhluli said they were looking for the remaining suspects.

Mpumalanga police commissioner Lieutenant-General Semakaleng Manamela applauded officers for their swift reaction.

"We appreciate the work done. We plead with the public to assist with information about the suspects and the stolen ATM. We will not rest until the remaining suspects are brought to book, together with the firearms used," Manamela said.

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