Several customers who reported substantial financial losses after visiting the same restaurant led to a cashier’s arrest in Hopefield on Thursday, the Western Cape Hawks said.

A 24-year-old restaurant cashier,  was found with an unauthorised point of sale device that allegedly compromised patrons’ bank cards data in the last two months, said Captain Lloyd Ramovha.

“The arrest follow several complaints in the past two months from victims who suffered substantial financial losses after visiting the same restaurant, the resultant probe by the Commercial wing of the Hawks, resulted in the arrest of a Zimbabwean/Congolese National, believed to be responsible for the alleged illicit operation,” Hawks spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha said.

He was also found with two bank cards “with questionable authenticity”, two different international passports – Zimbabwean and Congolese with different identities, R7950 cash in his Red jacket and three bunch of keys belonging to separate houses.

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The man was expected to appear in the Hopefield Magistrate’s Court on Friday.