HAWKS NAB BANK ROBBERS

NORTH WEST – The Priority Violent Crimes Unit (PVC) unit arrested has arrested six suspects in Klerksdorp and Upington in connection with a bank robbery that took place in April this year.

The suspects allegedly colluded and stole more than R3 million at the local Nedbank Branch. Two suspects allegedly posed a SBV security officers to do a routine pickup. They produced fake documents and were handed money by the bank staff.

Following the robbery, an intelligence-driven Hawks operation, assisted by the Gauteng technical response team, led to the arrest of Welcome Marcus, 50, and Charles Anthony Scheepers, 54, two weeks ago.

On Sunday the operation continued and led to the arrest of a further six, two of whom are employed by the bank. The Hawks’ Priority Crime Specialised Investigations (PCSI) unit is already conducting a financial and asset forfeiture probe on all the suspects.

All eight suspects, Marcus and Scheepers included, will appear at the Klerksdorp magistrate today facing charges of theft, meanwhile more arrests are imminent.

North West Hawks Head Major General Linda Mbana warned that the chips are falling and it is only a matter of time before everyone who was involved gets rounded up.