Port Alfred detectives are searching for two suspects who were involved in a theft scam involving a large sum of cash in the town.
One of them is in possession of a police appointment certificate that’s in a wallet.
The first suspect was wearing an orange/maroon jersey, brown corduroy trousers and black shoes. He had a bald head and was cleanly shaven. The other suspect was wearing a black cotton lumber jacket, khaki trousers, and a black Panama hat. He is short in height, dark in complexion, and also bald.
Both suspects approached the victim who had just left an ATM in town. She was in the company of a relative when the incident occurred.
According to the victim, they left a local ATM after making a withdrawal. On the way to a local mall, one of the suspects dropped a packet that was filled with cash. The victim picked the packet up. The second suspect then confronted the victim and asked whether she had picked the money up. He then threatened her and produced a police ID, demanding them to hand over whatever money they had. The suspect then gave them directions to a local chain store to have their fingerprints taken. The victims did as told and when they returned to where the “policeman” was waiting for them he had disappeared with all the cash.
This is a new trend suspects are using to rob unsuspecting victims according to the police.
The SAPS will not:
- seize or ask a person to hand any of their belongings over without a reasonable explanation, and should your property be confiscated, you will be requested to accompany the police officer to the police station.
- Ask a person to go to a chain store to have your fingerprints taken!
The community is urged to never hand over any of their property to any person.
You should be aware of your surroundings when drawing cash at ATMs.
If uncomfortable or suspect that you are being followed get to a busy place.
Do not pick up parcels that have been dropped by someone, rather alert the person who had dropped the package.
The police believe that the suspects were watching the victims and followed them.
Enquiries Captain Mali Govender 082 779 7123