Pensioner rescued from kidnappers who emptied his bank accounts
The police have rescued a 76-year-old man who was kidnapped and robbed in Phillip Nel Park in Pretoria on Wednesday.
He was abducted overnight by his attackers who emptied his bank accounts at different petrol station ATMs.
Hawks, Tshwane metro police, K9 unit as well as Tracker connect collaborated in investigating the matter.
“They took up their strategic positions and identified a suspicious Hyundai i20 hatchback entering a local petrol station with two occupants.”
“The two suspects then exited the vehicle, went to the automatic teller machine where they withdrew money in several transactions and drove off,” said police.
“The vehicle was then followed and members managed to stop it. They apprehended the two suspects who were found in possession of the victim’s bank card and other valuables.”
The two suspect gave the police the address where the victim was kept.
The third suspect was arrested at the premises where he was left to guard the elderly man.
“The identified premises were accessed where one more suspect was apprehended from the premises.”
“The shocked but unharmed victim was rescued and his vehicle was also recovered from the scene,” said police.
It is not yet understood why the gang decided to attack the old pensioner.
They three suspects have been charged for kidnapping, extortion and possession of stolen property.
They are expected to appear in the Pretoria magistrate’s court soon.
“The vehicle that was used in the commission of the crime has been seized as well as cash, cellphones and the victims’ bank cards for further investigation,” police added.
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