Human Rights

Team effort leads to arrest of suspected ATM robber

The suspect was apprehended in the CBD after a lengthy chase. He is one of 63 arrests made by the City’s Traffic Service and Metro Police Department in recent days. Officers also issued 3 768 fines for various offences. Read more below:

Members of the City’s Ghost Squad had a busy Sunday morning when they were alerted to a couple of suspects making a getaway after robbing members of the public at an ATM at Cape Town Railway station.

Just after 09:15, officers stopped a light delivery vehicle driving on the wrong side of Fountain Circle in Adderley Street. The occupants identified themselves as security guards and indicated that they were chasing after a couple of ATM robbers.

A member of the public then advised that the suspects fled in a grey Toyota Avanza, and the officers gave chase. During the pursuit, the Toyota driver ignored a number of road signs and traffic signals, and nearly caused a number of collisions.

The suspects eventually abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. One of them got away, but the driver ran across the Strand Street ramp, towards the railway station. He lost his footing several times while crossing the railway lines, and was subdued by two members of the public who then handed him over to a Ghost Squad officer.

The suspect was arrested and treated for a cut to his head, before being detained at Cape Town Central police station. All documentation recovered from the vehicle was booked in at the SAPS for further investigation.

In other traffic-related enforcement matters, officers made 27 arrests for drunk driving, reckless and negligent driving and outstanding warrants; impounded 94 vehicles and issued 2 944 fines for various offences.

The City’s Metro Police Department arrested 35 suspects 22 for drunk driving, five for possession of drugs, four for possession of suspected stolen property, one for reckless and negligent driving, one for dealing in drugs, one for theft and one for possession of a hijacked vehicle.

One of those arrested was a 14-year-old minor who was found in possession of 19 packets of tik during a search warrant operation in Bonteheuwel. He was detained at Bishop Lavis police station.

Metro Police officers were also kept busy on the N2 and R300, where regular patrols took place to deter criminal activity. Officers assisted 54 motorists whose vehicles had broken down on the routes.

Source: City Of Cape Town