Women arrested for “Hollywood style” cross-border bank robbery

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Two women were arrested for robbing a bank, and the events that transpired sound like a plot right out of a Hollywood movie.

MBOMBELA –  The arrest happened after collaboration between the SAPS and the Royal Eswatini Police.  The two women, aged 27 and 32, were apprehended on Wednesday for possession of suspected stolen money, robbed from a bank in eSwatini.

Police spokesman Brig Leonard Hlathi said they were linked through an investigation after a robbery at a major bank in the neighbouring Kingdom.

“Information at the police’s disposal revealed that a bank robbery took place on May 8, in Matsapha. A woman, disguised as a man and armed with a firearm, stormed into the bank holding a teller and a security guard hostage. She ordered them to fill a big bag full of cash before fleeing from the scene.”

A few days after the incident, an intense investigation revealed that the robbery may have been a collaboration between the bank teller, security guard and two women. “The teller and security guard were traced and arrested.”

“After questioning the others, police discovered that the loot had been smuggled into South Africa where it was to be kept safe at Nhlazatshe, Elukwatini near Badplaas, until it was safe to share it among the four.”

The local police traced the location and apprehended the two women at their hiding place in Tjakastad.

The suspects will appear today in the Eerstehoek Magistrate’s Court facing charges of possession of suspected stolen cash and one will also appear in eSwatini later, for her involvement in the robbery.

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