Fraud: cops arrest five

2010-10-23 00:00

GREYTOWN has become the target of Durban criminals who are defrauding local residents.

Police arrested five men who allegedly committed crimes between October 7 and 15.

The latest incident happened at the corner of Maitland and Cathcart streets. Soon after withdrawing cash from an ATM, a local resident, Moses Msomi (54), was confronted by four occupants of a white VW Golf, which had uMlazi registration numbers. They told him that they were police officers and that they were investigating theft.

“Msomi was thereafter forced into the suspect’s awaiting vehicle — a white VW Golf with registration number NUZ 2315 — and forced to hand over his cash,” said police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan.

However, a genuine police officer who was in the area and saw the incident called for backup. After a six-kilometre car chase all men were arrested.

Jeevan said the suspects have been charged with fraud and impersonating police officers.

In another fraud case in Greytown, a man aged 25 who has been collecting money from unsuspecting victim after promising them jobs has been arrested.

Jeevan has appealed to anyone who knows about these operations to phone Warrant Officer Emanuel Wanda at 033 413 9034 or 082 528 5412.

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