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25 August 2017

Rustenburg – Thanks to the quick response and impeccable investigation of the Rustenburg Police, two suspects involved in a case of fraud were apprehended on 16 August.

The suspects visited a local liquor store on 9 August, where they had ‘purchased’ a significant amount of liquor for an elusive gathering, paying for the purchase of R 4993.88 by swiping a credit card. They then placed an order for an even larger purchase to the value of R 30 000.00, swiping the same credit card. The unsuspecting owners of the liquor store prepared the order which was collected by the suspects the following day as arranged.

Frustrated and furious… from left: Barnie van Niekerk, owner of liquor store and Adrienne le Roux, manager.
Frustrated and furious… from left: Barnie van Niekerk, owner of liquor store and Adrienne le Roux, manager.

That afternoon, the owner, Barnie van Niekerk checked his cell phone banking app only to realize that the transaction was still pending. He immediately made enquiries at the bank and was informed that the card used by the suspects had been cloned and was linked to a financial institution in Australia.

“One vehicle used by the suspects had been rented from a car rental agency at OR Tambo International Airport and was four days late to be returned to the agency. The Police tracked this vehicle to a fast food outlet in Rustenburg. The investigating officers kept the vehicle under surveillance until the suspect returned to the vehicle where he was subsequently apprehended,” Sergeant Ofentse Mokgadi, police spokesperson, said.

Later the same day the second suspect was arrested in a parking lot in the CBD. The second vehicle, with falsified license plates, was tracked and found. The police believe these suspects are involved in a number of fraud cases.

“I am immensely impressed with the investigative work of the officers involved in this case,” Van Niekerk, told the Platinum Weekly newspaper. “The dedication of the investigating team led to the prompt arrest of the suspects. I would like to thank each officer for their tireless efforts in bringing these criminals to book.”

The suspects appeared before the Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court for a formal bail application on 22 August.

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