20 May 2022

Suspects were disturbed while on a mission of stealing cash at Capitec Bank in Delmas yesterday, 19 May 2022.

According to a media statement released today by the office of the Provincial Commissioner , police were alerted about some strange noise at the roof of Capitec Bank building in the area and upon arrival at the premises, the members could not detected anything.

They further continued to monitor the situation whilst attending to other police duties, however a second call was made by the security guards deployed in the said premises, indicating to the police that there was, again some strange noise at the same business area whereby human footsteps were then heard.

The members immediately returned to the scene where it was discovered later that there were indeed some suspects who attempted to break-in at the bank building however the swift response by the members scared them off thereby preventing them from completing their mission.

On closer investigation, members discovered that the suspects fled the scene and left behind a step ladder, some grinders, bolt and inch cutters, a hammer as well as some crowbars and a wheel spanner. It is evident from what was confiscated that the suspects were trying to steal cash from one of the bank’s ATM machine as some damages were noticed but nothing was taken.

The forensic team of the SAPS also discovered cartridges of commercial explosives which clearly points out that the suspects orchestrated a plan to use the recovered equipment to gain access to the cash however thanks to the swift response by the dedicated team consisting of security guards and police officers which prevented their mission from being completed.

A case of attempted business burglary is being investigated by the police and no arrest has been made as yet but police urge anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspects to call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111 or send information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.