We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

ATM via Shutterstock
Rage Inside The Machine

Two men arrested after being found inside an ATM

How did they even get in there?

POLICE IN THE South African coastal city of Port Elizabeth said they arrested two suspected thieves found inside a cash machine last night.

The pair were discovered in a compartment behind the screen of the machine at a township petrol station in the early hours of the morning.

Police believe they entered the unit in an attempt to steal cash.

Large, robust stand-alone cash machines are common in South Africa following an epidemic of ATM bombings in the early 2000′s.

“It was about 3.51am when police went to investigate after an alarm was triggered,” Captain Andre Beetge told AFP.

After a brief search officers “were about to leave, when they noticed movement inside the ATM,” said Beetge.

“Upon careful investigation, they found two men, aged 18 and 20 inside.”

The pair were arrested and charged with malicious damage to property, further charges are expected when the men appear in court today.

It is believed the suspects used screw drivers and other instruments to force open the ATM, which was built into a larger vault.

No explosives were used and no money was removed.

© AFP, 2014

Read: 11 criminals who are far too stupid for their chosen career

Read: Man with arm stuck in letterbox arrested in Northern Ireland

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.