Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Police in hunt for Barclays Mochudi heist criminals

Business was disrupted at Mochudi Barclay’s bank in the early hours of Monday when unknown men attempted to rob the establishment, police said.

The police added that they did not have information linking them to the arrest of the suspects. However, a search for criminals who broke into the bank with intent to steal money is underway, police said.

The alleged criminals broke into the bank through the roof of the building using a technique commonly known to career criminals as ‘Rothi’, loosely translated as dropping into a building through the ceiling.

Although unsuccessful, the suspects are reported to have failed to open the vault which was a clear sign that they did not have the right tools to break the facility.

Officer commanding, Senior Superintendent Seabo Maboka of Mochudi police station, confirmed that on Monday morning his station received a report that unknown suspected criminals attempted to break into Mochudi Barclays bank branch.

He said the incident is recent and investigations are at an initial stage. The police officers were able to get to the crime scene and prevent any contamination of the scene before evidence could be gathered, move he report as positive to speeding the investigation.

Maboka however stated that so far nothing had been reported stolen from the bank. He added that although they did not know the whereabouts of the alleged perpetrators, police have intensified investigations leading to the arrest of the suspects.
“Unfortunately we have not arrested anyone in connection with the incident but we are appealing to members of the public to assist uswith any information that could lead to the arrest of the culprits,” he stated.

When contacted for comment Barclays spokesperson Sakaiyo Baitshepi said, “I can confirm that there was a break in at our Mochudi branch.”

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