A guy has been arrested after allegations that he used counterfeit currency to pay for petrol at a petrol station in Pietermartizburg.
The suspect used five fake R100 bills to buy fuel.
On Tuesday last week, the man is said to have driven to a petrol station on Victoria Road. He paid R550 for petrol while driving a white Toyota.
According to Magma Security, the suspect allegedly paid for the fuel with five fake R100 bills before leaving.
The security firm claimed that their team then began searching for the car the man was accused of using to pay with counterfeit currency.
On July 24, a Magma security officer saw the car parked at another service station on Armitage Road.
After an interrogation, he is said to have confessed to the crime.
The police officer then called for help.
The above vehicle was spotted by a Magma Security Response Officer parked in the Caltex garage on Armitage Road at approximately 00:15 on Sunday 24 July 2022.
The member called for backup and immediately blocked the parking lot behind the vehicle.
Said Magma Security.
After questioning, the man is said to have admitted the crime. The SAPS received the suspect, the car, and he was taken into custody.
According to SAPS, the investigation is ongoing.
According to IOL, SAPS KZN spokesman Lt. Col. Nqobile Gwala announced that SAPS is investigating a theft case in Pietermartizburg.
“It is alleged that at 7:15 a.m. on July 19, 2022, a car being driven by an unidentified man pulled into a petrol station on Victoria Road in Pietermaritzburg.
The gas station attendant determined that the money used for payment was counterfeit money.
said Lt. Col. Nqobile Gwala, a spokeswoman for the SAPS.
Counterfeit items worth R15 million were seized at Pan Africa and Joburg shopping malls.
In related news, it was previously reported that police in Gauteng seized millions worth of counterfeit products from two well-known malls in Johannesburg on Wednesday, June 15.
Five people were taken into custody during the multidisciplinary operation.
The raid was conducted by the Johannesburg District Police in conjunction with SARS Customs Services, Brand Protectors, EMS, HELP 24, the South African Pharmaceutical Regulator, US Embassy American Homeland Investigators, Fidelity Reaction Unit, BCI and Public Order Policing. According to Captain Xoli Mbele, a spokesman for the South African Police Service (SAPS).
At the intersection of Jeppe Street and Troye Street, Pan Africa Mall and Joburg Mall were both raided targets.
Mbele claimed that while pharmaceutical authorities had seized significant quantities of skin creams and other prescription drugs, textiles and consumer goods had also been seized.