By Robert Maswanganyi
Phalaborwa- Police have arrested three suspects, aged between 21 and 38, for being in possession of counterfeit money on Friday.
It is understood that police received a tip-off on Friday afternoon of about three females who entered one of the well-known shops within Phalaborwa CBD and bought clothes with counterfeit money and were heading to the next shop to commit the same act.
Police acted swiftly upon receiving this information and just before the suspects exit the second shop the police officers were waiting at the door.
The suspects attempted to escape, but police managed to apprehend them before they could even show them a clean pair of heels.
Sergeant Elvis Mongwe, spokesperson of Phalaborwa SAPS says that the trio were searched and during the process four notes of two hundred rands counterfeit money and one note of one hundred rand counterfeit money totaling to nine hundred rands (R900) were seized.
“They were arrested and charged for dealing in counterfeit money. The three suspects will appear at the Phalaborwa Magistrate court on Monday,” added Mongwe.
The station commander of Phalaborwa SAPS Colonel Patricia Rakhadani has applauded the members of SAPS in Phalaborwa for their swift response and ensuring that the suspects are removed from the community.
“We wish to sensitize the businesses and community at large to be wise and inspect the money before they approve any transactions”, concluded Colonel Rakhadani.