Members of the Special Operations Team were praised by provincial police management after they managed to make a breakthrough in taking down a fraud syndicate on Monday evening.
During their patrols around Mitchell’s Plain two vehicles, a Toyota Avanza and a Toyota LDV drew members of the team’s attention.
“Both vehicles were stopped and searched, which led to the discovery of 49 SASSA cards hidden in a chocolate box in the Avanza. It was evident that the occupants of the two vehicles were in cahoots and their interrogation led the members to an address in Elbow Gardens in Rugby where a further 191 SASSA cards were seized,” Colonel Andrè Traut says.
Four male suspects aged 18, 33, 45 and 56 were arrested and interrogated further.
“Information extracted from the suspects resulted in a residence in the Bo-Kaap, Cape Town being raided where 427 bank cards of various financial intuitions were confiscated. Two suspects, a 56-year-old female and a 32-year-old male were arrested,” Traut reports.
The suspects will be appearing in court on charges of possible stolen property and for contravening the Electronic Transactions Act (No 25 of 2002).
Police say detectives are interrogating the case further to determine whether more arrests could be made.
“Many vulnerable people who are solely depended on social grants are targeted by ruthless criminals with no regard for others, and this is one of the reasons that will make us dig deep to root out this syndicate and apprehend whoever is part of this criminal circle,” Traut concludes.