In the CCTV footage which has long gone viral, shows over five armed robbers pulling the entire ATM, which they placed in the truck they drove into the supermarket. Uncharacteristically‚ no explosives were used to crack open the machine which‚ incidentally‚ had just been filled with cash. It was gathered that the robbers simply walked up to the machine‚ unplugged it and loaded the whole thing into the back of their truck.
Confirming the incident, the store manager Vuyo Mbimbi‚ said seven men had barged into the shop‚ situated in Fletcher Street‚ just after 8am.
“They pointed guns at the customers who were in the shop and then unplugged the ATM situated inside the shop‚ before loading it into a bakkie that they drove into the shop‚” Mbimbi said.
“They pointed guns at customers then loaded the ATM into a [pick-up truck] they drove in. One of them shot at one of the cameras.
The store was busy with people withdrawing pension money. Nobody was injured” he added.
Though no one was injured when the armed robbers shot sporadically, it was gathered that the incident occurred on 1 August. While a respondent expresses the wish that the robbers should meet an empty cash machine, another, Alex Mothobi Malinda-Lee Lötter, said,
“I heard it was just loaded with cash,” concluding that the daylight robbers must have studied the cash movement into the ATM before striking.
Captain Namhla Mdleleni of the South African Police Service told newsmen:
“No arrests have been made but there is a major police investigation under way.”
Drilling expert, Carl Scholtz, says;
“Good luck if they think they’re getting money out of that ATM.”
The reason, he says, is because ATMs “stain all the money inside the moment they are tipped or knocked hard;” noting that if it was that easy to rob an ATM and get away, “then there would be more of those stolen money [in circulation].”
Scholtz called them, “dumb ass idiots.”
Here is the video below;