Search continues for bogus cops who hijacked and robbed supermarket manager

2014-05-02 00:00

POLICE continue to search for three men who posed as police and hijacked and robbed the manager of a supermarket in Durban.

Model Kwikspar manager Joey Karen Pillay found himself a victim of bogus policemen, who apparently waited for him outside the supermarket he worked at and then followed him while on his way home.

Police have arrested one man and are searching for his three accomplices who used authentic police uniforms and a marked vehicle to target Pillay.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker yesterday urged people to drive to the nearest police station or to places where there were people, should they be uncertain over whether they were being stopped by a policeman.

Speaking to The Witness, Pillay said the drama happened on Easter Monday when he had just locked the supermarket and left for home after 8 pm.

He said a marked police vehicle stopped him on Brickfield Road, Overport. Four men, wearing full police uniforms, demanded to search his car, claiming that he had drugs in his possession and accused him of being a drug lord.

“I had thought that they were police when they switched on their blue lights. When I jumped out of the car to find out what they wanted, they started screaming at me, asking where the drugs were in the car,” Pillay said, adding that they were accompanied by an unmarked vehicle.

He said this had happened in full view of people. One of the bogus policemen got into his car and he was told to sit in the police vehicle.

“They drove me around Mayville, and asked for the supermarket safe and shop keys. I told them I did not have the safe keys because they are kept by the security company and they took me to Chesterville.”

He said his car’s anti-hijack kicked in and the bogus policeman began to panic.

Their panic was exacerbated when they saw a police vehicle and the men robbed him of his wedding ring, watch, cellphone and R180 before dumping him in Chesterville.

He said a spaza shop owner came to his aid and lent him a cellphone to make calls for help.

Pillay said one suspect was arrested half an hour later. He recalled seeing the marked bogus policemen’s vehicle parked across the road, near the police station, which is next door to the supermarket. — Witness Reporter.

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