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Two suspects arrested for robbery and theft of banking cards in Joburg. Photo: Johannesburg Metro Police Department/ Facebook.

Suspects nabbed in possession of stolen bank cards

The suspects, South African nationals, were arrested and detained at Hillbrow SAPS for possession of stolen bank cards

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Two suspects arrested for robbery and theft of banking cards in Joburg. Photo: Johannesburg Metro Police Department/ Facebook.

Two male suspects aged 29 and 30 years old were arrested by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) IIOC Undercover Reaction Unit for possession of stolen property (bank cards) in Berea, inner Joburg.

SUSPECTS TRACED DOWN FOR BANK CARDS THEFT

JMPD spokesperson Xolani Fihla said that on Thursday, 24 November 2022, officers received information about four males who were robbing members of the public of bank cards.

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“The suspects were allegedly targeting females and senior citizens by blocking the ATM card reader and quickly offering assistance to unsuspecting victims.”

Fihla

Officers received a description of the suspects and swiftly proceeded to the area for observation.

“Whilst monitoring officers saw two men who matched the description given walking on Abel Road towards Fife Avenue. The two were caught just before they could enter Concordia Hotel which was later discovered to be their place of residence,” Fihla explained.

The various bank cards recovered from the suspects after the arrest. Photo: Johannesburg Metro Police Department/ Facebook.

ATM SCAMMERS ADMIT TO THE LINKED CRIMES

He further said the males were searched and multiple bank cards were found in their possession.
“Upon questioning, the suspects admitted that they were robbing people at ATMs.
The duo, South African nationals were arrested and detained at Hillbrow SAPS where a case docket was opened for further investigations,” Fihla concluded.

SAFETY TIPS FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON

  1. Avoid carrying valuable items in handbags and pockets
  2. Never keep a large amount of cash in your purse or wallet
  3. Be alert to your surroundings when withdrawing money from an ATM. Don’t accept help from strangers
  4. Be aware of who is standing near or behind you at the ATM
  5. Never accept any assistance from anyone, especially when you are about to enter your PIN.
  6. When leaving the ATM, ensure no one is following you, immediately go into the nearest shop or report to mall security for safety
  7. It’s important that, before coming to the mall, you park your vehicle in a crowded area. Parking in a secluded area makes it easier for criminals to rob you.
  8. Triple-check that the vehicle is locked to avoid criminals trying to remotely jam the locking signal from your key.

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