Cape Town - Crafty suspects hit the jackpot when they climbed through the roof of Capitec Bank in Claremont on Monday and raided cash from an ATM.
According to a source, the premises were cordoned off by police shortly before 8am, when bank staff arrived to find the bank had been burgled.
When Daily Voice visited the branch after 10am, police vans from Claremont Police Station could be seen closing off the crime scene and officers could be seen in the bank.
Traffic moved slowly along Main Road as nosy motorists slowed down to see what was happening.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel André Traut confirms the incident and says the suspects gained access through the roof at 5am.
“The suspects managed to gain access to the ATM through the roof. It is suspected that an undisclosed amount of cash has been taken.”
Police said that no arrests have been made.
Capitec spokesperson, Charl Nel, says they cannot divulge any information while police are busy investigating the matter.
But he assured Capitec clients that their information is secure, as the bank uses a real time computer system to link their branches and their head office.
“Computers in branches do not contain any client information. The workstations only serve as a link to the central computer systems at Head Office once logged on. Consultants can only logon using their fingerprints,” he says.
This is the second Capitec branch to be targeted this year.
In April, the branch in Town Centre, Mitchells Plain, was also hit by suspects who shattered the glass window of the bank.
The break-in took place at 2:38am and police responded after the bank’s alarm went off.
The bank was closed for the day for repair work and customers had to be redirected to the Capitec branch at Mitchells Plain station.
It was not clear what had been stolen from the bank.