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WOMAN BUSTED FOR BUILDING SOCIETY ROBBERY

By Sifiso Dlamini | 2019-05-15

THE woman suspected of robbing the Matsapha Branch of Swaziland Building Society (SBS) about E500 000 was arrested yesterday afternoon at Ngwane Park in Manzini.

The robbery occurred last Wednesday afternoon, where the suspect allegedly entered the bank as the staff were knocking off and ordered the bank teller to hand her the said amount of money at gun point.

The teller, who was coerced to hand over the money by the suspect at gun point during the robbery, had alleged she was robbed by a man.

However, the Royal Eswatini Police Service (REPS) after viewing closed circuit television (CCTV) camera footage, suspected the robbery was committed by a woman.

The police have also been trying to find the owner of a VW Polo, which is suspected to have been driven by the suspect’s accomplice.

According to the footage, the driver was seen walking around the bank talking on his mobile phone.

According to an eyewitness at the scene, where the suspect was arrested, investigative police officers arrived in the suspect’s house yesterday morning at around 0800 hours.

The source mentioned that the police were made to wait for five hours by the suspect as she declined to open her door until in the afternoon around 1400 hours.

The eyewitness revealed that the suspect was apprehended by the police and taken in for questioning and later came back to point out where she had stashed the cash.

Information gathered was that the suspect had hidden the money in her car which was parked outside her house.

Chief Police Information and Communications Officer Superintendent Phindile Vilakati said she had not received a formal report in her office at the time of compiling the report.

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