A suspect left his temporary driver’s licence behind at a crime scene after robbing a woman at an ATM machine. The suspect is now on the run from the police.
The incident occurred at the FNB ATM at the Pinnacle Building opposite Absa Square in the city.
Police spokesman Lt Col Erhard Stroh said an elderly woman attempted to deposit about R30 000 into the machine when it jammed.
“She went back into the queue when three men held her up at gunpoint and grabbed her handbag.”
The victim’s daughter, Mmatshepo Mashego, stated on social media that the security guard at the bank did not do anything.
“I guess he was also scared to intervene as they had a gun,” said Mashego.
An eyewitness on the scene said a man chased after them and grabbed their keys through the window of their VW Polo.
“They then got out, checked where he was running to, took the money and ran towards Coyotes. One still came back and stood in the crowd, then he left again. He probably wanted to get the stuff back out the car,” she said.
Stroh said police seized the vehicle which was a rental and the tempoary driver’s licence of one of the suspects was discovered inside it.
The eyewitness said the victim identified the man as the same one who had robbed her. “We have opened a case of robbery and the vehicle was impounded. We are investigating the matter further,” concluded Stroh.
Hi-Tech Security Lowveld operations manager Callum MacPherson shared some safety tips regarding using an ATM machine:
• Observe your surroundings before using an ATM. If the machine is obstructed from view or poorly lit, visit another ATM.
• Shield the screen and keyboard so anyone waiting to use the ATM cannot see you enter your PIN or transaction amount.
• Put your cash, card and receipt away immediately. Count your money later, and always keep your receipt.
• When depositing large amounts, rather go inside the bank to do so.
• If you see anyone or anything suspicious, cancel your transaction and leave immediately. If anyone follows you after making a transaction, go to a crowded, well-lit area and call your security company or the police.
• Do not leave your car unlocked or engine running when you get out to use an ATM.
• While many ATMs are available 24 hours a day, plan your withdrawals ahead of time.