Two suspects that were arrested for using fake bank notes at a well-known restaurant in Glenashley were linked to multiple other fraud cases in other parts of Durban.
Just after midday on Tuesday the Marshall Security Emergency Dispatch Centre received a call from a client at a well-known restaurant on Lindsay Avenue after noticing that they had been scammed by suspects paying with fake R200 notes. The suspects had purchased items from the eatery with a fake R200 note and then also asked for change with yet another fake R200 note, earning themselves legitimate cash, before leaving the premises.
After receiving a description of the wanted suspects and the details of their vehicle from our client, all the information was circulated to our Armed Response Officers and Special Operations Team members to be on the lookout.
A short while later the vehicle was spotted on Swapo Road in the Broadway, Durban North area. The vehicle was then stopped on the corners of Adelaide Tambo Drive and Swapo Road where two occupants were immediately arrested by our Armed Response Officers and Special Ops Team members. The Durban North SAPS were called out to the scene and arrived a short while later.
Upon searching the vehicle, multiple fake R200 notes were found inside, as well as in possession of the suspects.
It was determined that the same suspects were linked to another fraud and theft case, also in the Glenashley area, where the suspects had used the same modus operandi of paying with and exchanging fake bank notes for real ones. It is also believed that the suspects could possibly be linked to multiple other fraud cases in the Ballito area and other parts of Durban.
Two suspects and their vehicle were transported to the Durban North police station for further investigation and processing.
We urge all businesses to be aware of this modus operandi and double check any suspicious bank notes used by customers to pay for their purchase. Should you have fallen victim to fraud where fake notes were used, please report this to us and your local police station.