GARDEN ROUTE DISTRICT NEWS - Police were forced to let four suspected robbers go after no victims came forward to lay charges.
The men from Thembalethu, all aged between 27 and 28, were apprehended less than an hour after a WhatsApp message sent out to members of the public on various WhatsApp groups, spread like wildfire.
In the message people were asked to be on the lookout for a black vehicle, which was later identified as a black Renault, that was allegedly used during robberies at various ATMs across George.
After immense effort by local police and neighbourhood watch groups to find and arrest the suspects, they were apprehended on the N2 near the turn-off to Welbedacht near Knysna shortly after the alleged incidents.
The first incident took place at an ATM at Pick n Pay centre in Knysna Road. According to a source the second and third alleged robberies took place at ATMs at Checkers in the Paddagat centre and Pick n Pay in the Pre-Cap Centre (Courtenay Street).
"We are investigating a case of common robbery following an alleged incident at an ATM at a shopping centre in Knysna Road," Southern Cape police spokesperson, Sgt Chris Spies, told George Herald last Thursday.
Police however had to release the suspects due to a lack of evidence, as no victims came forward to lay charges.