Heidelberg police arrested a two male suspects, both aged 29 years old for two counts of theft.
This is after receiving a report that a 64 years old pensioner’s SASSA card was stolen.
The suspects were caught near the Bamco Sweets Shopping Complex on Monday morning, October 5.
“The 64 year old pensioner was withdrawing her monthly old age grant at the ABSA ATM when an unknown male disrupted her. During the disruption, the pensioner’s SASSA card was taken,” said Heidelberg police spokesperson Captain Thivhulawi Tshilate.
A good Samaritan noticed the incident whilst sitting in her car. She immediately alerted the Police.
On police arrival, suspects were already left in a vehicle.
Police looked around for the described white VW Polo.
“Warrant Officer Lukas Wolmarans and Sargent Vusumuzi Zondo give backup. The car was spotted parked with one inside at Cauctus Centre along Bree Street in Rensburg,” explained Captain Tshilate.
Police conducted thorough interviews with community and investigations.
The driver emerged and was arrested.
The suspect was interrogated and led police to the arrest of a second suspect driving a grey Opel Corsa.
Police conducted body as well as car search.
Bank cards, ID smart cards and Barcoded ID, including undisclosed amount of cash were found in the 02 motor vehicles.
Suspects were immediately arrested.
In a separated incident, another middle aged woman’s SASSA card was taken or stolen whilst withdrawing money from the ATM in the Heidelberg CBD.
She also reported the matter immediately.
Police seize items, clothing, gloves and two motor vehicles that were used in the commission of crime.
Heidelberg police Station Commander, Colonel Amanda Dorothy Viljoen applauded the team work of Sector members and Sector Commanders in the fight against crime.
“She further congratulated and appreciated the good partnership between the community and the Police in providing safe and secure environment for all citizens,” said Captain Tshilate.
The arrested suspects will appear in Heidelberg Magistrate Court soon