Robbers bust after two-year hunt



September 19, 2016
Robbers bust after two-year hunt

SWOOP: Hawks members arrested six bank robbers

Hawks nabbed six bank robbers who stole R500k from Standard Bank.

Cops arrested six alleged bank robbers during pre-dawn raids on the Cape Flats on Friday.

The six, including the female bank manager, allegedly robbed a Standard Bank branch in Kuils River two years ago, police sources confirmed.

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) spokesperson, Captain Lloyd Ramovha, said: “In meticulously carried out pre-dawn raids on Friday morning, members from the Hawks in the Western Cape in the company of SAPS’ Tactical Response Team (TRT) and Flying Squad, arrested six suspects, aged between 32 and 48, amongst them a female branch manager, for their alleged role in a bank robbery that took place in Kuilsrivier during 2014.”

The raids by the Hawks’ Serious and Violent Crime Unit centred around the Athlone area.

According to Ramovha, the armed robbers fled with half a million rand two years ago, after holding staff hostage.

“It is alleged that during the morning of 12 November 2014, an unknown number of armed suspects forced their way into the local bank premises with the incoming staff in Kuils River, held them hostage,” he said.

The suspects are expected to appear in the Kuils Rivier Magistrates’ Court today to face charges relating to armed robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Ramovha said investigations were continuing.

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