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Court denies bail to man found with bank's information storing device

By unknown | Nov 10, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Stan Mzimba

Stan Mzimba

A man who was found in possession of a skimming device capable of copying information on ATM cards was denied bail in the Mthatha district court yesterday.

Investigating officer Inspector Lungile Miya told the court that Katiso Moletsane was arrested at a supermarket in Mthatha last month after he allegedly tried to use his skimming device to copy information from an ATM card of an unsuspecting woman.

He said the woman had approached Moletsane to help her operate an ATM machine.

But the woman got suspicious when Moletsane swiped her card in a device he was carrying.

The man was arrested after the woman confronted him and the security guard at the complex called the police.

The investigating officer said that during the interrogation, Moletsane told the police that the device was a remote control for a gate which he had got from a friend.

A technical analyst from Port Elizabeth, Otto du Plessis, called by the state to testify, described the machine as a skimming device capable of copying and storing information from magnetic tapes of 2 500 ATM cards.

Du Plessis said that type of device was only available to the banks and other financial institutions.

Miya opposed bail on the grounds that police wanted to establish if Moletsane belonged to a syndicate.

Magistrate Onke Myataza described Moletsane as not being a credible witness.

Myataza pointed out that the suspect had three other pending cases in Cape Town, Queenstown and Mount Frere. All of them are related to ATM card crimes.

When he was arrested, Moletsane gave different and false names to the police.

"As he stands in this court today we are not certain about his real identity.

"Evidence has shown that he has a propensity to commit the same crimes over and over again," said Myataza.

He was remanded in custody after he was denied bail.

Moletsane's trial was set for November 28.


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