Date set for bank heist trial

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November 30, 2016
Date set for bank heist trial

SUSPECT: Carmen Kolbe, 39

State set to prove Kolbe was the mastermind behind the heist.

A female bank manager believed to be the mastermind behind a robbery at her workplace where half a million rand was stolen has received a pre-trial date.

On Tuesday, Carmen Kolbe, 39, her ex-husband Kensley Kolbe, 39 and their co-accused Ebrahim Isaacs, 45, Samoska Hattes, 48, and Leroy Ackerman, 35, were told at the Blue Downs Magistrates’ Court their case would be moved to the Khayelitsha Priority Crimes Court for pre-trial proceedings, expected to begin on Friday.

Kolbe and her estranged spouse, who still live together at their home in Blackheath, were released on R10 000 bail in September, while the three others were granted R8 000 bail.

The former couple have indicated they will be pleading not guilty to
robbery charges.

Hattes, Ackerman and Isaacs have confessed, while two other suspects (accused five and six) have turned State witness.

The Hawks and police’s flying squad made the breakthrough after two years when they arrested the group in September.

It is believed they were part of a robbery which took place at Kuils River Standard Bank in 2014, where R500 000 was stolen.

Prosecutors are set to prove Kolbe was the mastermind behind the heist.

She was the branch manager at the bank at the time, and the team leader at the bank’s Zevenwacht Mall branch at the time of her arrest.

Computer equipment and cellphones which were also stolen gave police an indication they were allegedly dealing with an inside job.

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