Tuesday, April 26, 2022

CCTV thwarts ATM scammers in Woodstock

Cape Town authorities arrested four suspects, after the City’s CCTV operators spotted a group of males loitering near an ATM in Woodstock on Saturday.

Mayco Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, says the group were interacting with customers using the ATM, which raised a flag, and operators dispatched Woodstock SAPS to investigate.

‘’By the time officers arrived on scene, the suspects had  got into a silver Golf and driven off, but the CCTV operator was keeping an eye on them, and directed SAPS to their location. Officers managed to arrest four suspects who had in their possession various bank cards, Identity Documents and a wallet.’’

Smith added that one of the suspects, has an outstanding warrant for assault in Manenberg.

‘’The City’s CCTV cameras once again showed to be a valuable asset as operators could use the real time footage to identify and track suspects to the scene. Information gathered on the CCTV network enabled our enforcement agencies as well as SAPS  to act swiftly and execute successful arrests. With the roll out of additional CCTV cameras throughout the metropole we will hopefully see an increase in crime detection and arrests,’’ said Smith.

In a separate incident, authorities arrested a man for cable theft, on the same day.

‘’A few hours before, CCTV operators in the CBD spotted a man pulling a large cable along the elevated freeway outgoing – he was arrested for cable theft and detained at Cape Town Central SAPS,’’ added Smith.


Done By: Mitchum George

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