JUST IN: Bogus detectives abduct woman from outside Port Shepstone bank

Warrant officer Patrick Gosling (right) with the three suspects at the Port Shepstone police station.

QUICK reaction by Port Shepstone police officers helped save a pensioner’s life savings earlier today.

Two men aged (31) and (28), and a woman (53), were nabbed by police in Aiken Street this afternoon after they had kidnapped the 74-year-old woman while she was depositing money at an ATM this morning.

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“The woman said the men pretended to be detectives investigating a case and instructed her to get into their car, where a woman was waiting,” said police spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid. “They also told her that she must take them to her house in Mtwalume to fetch  the rest of her money or she would lose it all.”

Captain Shireen Michael (left) and Constable Roxy Mrawushe arrested the fraudsters in Port Shepstone this afternoon.

The trio then drove the woman to a shopping center in Kingsway, Amanzimtoti where they withdrew money from her bank account. In the interim, police in Port Shepstone had been notified by relatives that their grandmother had been seen with three strangers and had not returned home after her visit to Port Shepstone that morning.

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“Police began looking for her bakkie and found it parked outside a bank in the Port Shepstone CBD. A description of the suspects’ vehicle was circulated. Shortly afterwards, the suspects’ vehicle stopped outside the bank and the driver of the vehicle and the elderly woman walked towards the bank. Captain Shireen Michael and Constable Roxy Mrawushe arrested the drivder and the other passengers in the vehicle,” said Lt-Col Wiid.

The money taken from the elderly woman’s bank account.

When the vehicle was searched by Warrant Officer Patrick Gosling, several envelopes containing  large sums of money were found hidden under the seat. There were also envelopes containing folded newspaper.

All three suspects were detained and the vehicle confiscated. They will face charges of fraud, impersonating a police officer, kidnapping and possession of stolen property.

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