Cop out on bail gets arrested for armed robbery

2008-04-30 00:00

An off-duty Durban policeman, allegedly out on bail for hijacking, was arrested after he robbed two families at gunpoint at a popular picnic spot on Monday.

The policeman, a member of the kwaMashu Railway Police, and his three accomplices pointed guns at the victims’ heads and demanded their valuables. They escaped with several cellphones, money and other valuable items in a car that was parked nearby.

A police source told The Witness that the suspects drove around the area in a white Nissan Sentra looking for victims. The number plates of the car, which is believed to be stolen, had been ripped off.

One of the victims managed to flag down a passing police van and told them he had been robbed by the occupants of a Nissan Sentra, which he believed was still in the area. With the help of the man, crime prevention unit members searched the area and found the vehicle parked nearby, with the gang inside.

“It seems the suspects were planning to rob more people. They were arrested and charged with theft,” he said.

While police were arresting the gang, the policeman said he should be released because he is a policeman, and poorly paid like the arresting officers.

“He thought that he was above the law because he was a policeman,” said the police source.

The men told police that they had planned to rob more people.

Two firearms, one a service pistol and the other unlicensed, were found on the suspects.

“The policeman also has a pending charge of armed robbery that is being investigated,” said the police source.

Police spokesman Inspector Michael Read said police are also trying to link the policeman to other cases.

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