Circulating reports have it that some group of criminals attacked FNB branch in Parktown and escaped with R1.7 million over the long weekend.
South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) confirmed the heist saying the criminals operated like the robbery at a Randburg branch in December.
Hawks’ Ndivuho Mulamu reportedly said: “(we) are investigating a business robbery where FNB bank at Parktown branch was broken into, and R1.7 million was taken.”
From our gatherings, the heist is akin to the FNB Randburg heist. However, details of the robbery are still been processed.
In the Randburg heist, some unknown group of criminals captured a security guard and held him hostage in the guard-house. They then, successfully escaped with safety deposit boxes.
Confirming the recent heist, FNB related that it happened on the last day of 2016.
Adding that crime fighters are yet to substantiate that the Parktown branch incident is related to that of Randburg, FNB said:
“We are working closely with the South African Police Services (SAPS) and the Organised Crime Unit to thoroughly investigate the incidents.
Impacted FNB customers will be notified individually via the contact details supplied to the Bank, once the relevant law enforcement authorities have completed their preliminary investigation.
FNB assures its customers that it is giving the matter utmost priority and will leave no stone unturned to get to the bottom of this criminal act.
We are deploying additional resources to work hand-in-hand with law enforcement authorities on the investigation. Due to the police investigation currently underway, we are unable to provide further details on the issue.”
Meanwhile, crime prevention members from Roodepan police arrested a 38-year-old man for dealing in drugs.
The man is said to be a wanted suspect for intimidation and malicious damage to property on a domestic violence case.
Police nabbed him at his residential place but got suspicious when they saw a step-ladder on top of the bed.
“They took the same ladder and searched on the roof as the suspect is also known for selling drugs. They allegedly discovered Cat weighing 16.01g and tik weighing 7.3g.
“All drugs confiscated are estimated to the street value of R7 000-00. The suspect is expected to appear in court on a charge if dealing in drugs soon,” SAPS stated.