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Another suspect nabbed for defrauding Australian couple in Mthatha

Oct 2, 2018
Another suspect nabbed for defrauding Australian couple in Mthatha

A 35-year-old man was arrested at Idutywa on Monday afternoon by Mthatha K9 and Hawks members. He is the fourth suspect to be arrested following defrauding an Australian couple that was travelling in Mthatha on the 22 September.

"Three suspects, with their ages ranging between 27 and 38, were arrested at Ngolo locality on the 23 September 2018," said police spokesperson, Captain Dineo Koena.

"The trio have since been in custody and denied bail till Friday the 05 October 2018 and the fourth suspect will appear before Mthatha Magistrate's Court on Tuesday facing a charge of fraud.

"His motor vehicle, which is suspected to have been used during the commission of crime was confiscated."

Defrauding Australian couple

She said that it is alleged that the couple was driving along the N2 highway when they were pulled off the road by two unknown men in a silver VW Polo with one of them wearing a reflector jacket labelled Eastern Cape Tourism Board.

"It is further alleged that the suspects demanded a tourism voucher claiming that the victims should pay tourism fee and they further took them to the ATM where their three bank cards were retained and after the suspects fled, they noticed that they had been robbed of an undisclosed amount of money," Capt Handile said.

"During their arrest, when their vehicles were searched, four reflector jackets labelled Eastern Cape Tourism Board, a receipt book and R3 450 in cash were found in their vehicles.

"Their vehicles were also confiscated."

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