Three alleged 'bank followings' robbers arrested in Cape Town

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Three alleged armed robbers were arrested while driving a Nissan 1400 bakkie possibly linked to various cases related to "bank followings" robberies in areas around Cape Town.

CAPE TOWN – Three alleged armed robbers are expected to appear in the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court in Cape Town on Monday, Western Cape police said.

They were arrested while driving a Nissan 1400 bakkie possibly linked to various cases related to “bank followings” robberies in areas around Cape Town, Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said on Sunday.

“Bank followings” are when criminals follow people who have withdrawn cash from banks and then rob them. 

Rwexana said police followed up on information received that the bakkie was driving from Gugulethu in the direction of Kuils River. The suspects sped off when they saw the marked police vehicle. A high-speed chase ensued and the suspects’ bakkie collided with the police vehicle in Kleinvlei. Three men, aged between 26 and 41, were arrested and an unlicensed firearm was confiscated, Rwexana said.

In another incident, police followed up information received on Thursday about a possible stolen Mercedes Benz parked in Dieprivier. Upon investigation, it was discovered that the car was stolen in Landsdowne in February 2017. At this stage, no one had been arrested.

In a third incident, also on Thursday, a Toyota Yaris reported stolen in Amanzimtoti in KwaZulu-Natal was recovered in Panorama in Cape Town. A police investigation was under way, Rwexana said.