Bogus cops now behind bars

2016-04-28 06:00
Police imposters arrested in Nyanga.

Police imposters arrested in Nyanga.

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Police say they have made a major breakthrough after the arrest of three men believed to be robbing homes across the province whilst wearing police unoforms.

On Monday, the three were spotted by the Flying Squad and Crime Intelligence driving in a white Toyota in Eisleben Road and were stopped in Lansdowne Road, near Brown’s Farm.

“The trio was caught around 14:30 whilst at a garage in a vehicle which was reported stolen during a house robbery in Malmesbury last month. The vehicle was fitted with a fake registration number plate and license disk.

On arrival police searched the suspects and the vehicle. One suspect was armed with two firearms, a third firearm was found hidden in one of the vehicle’s compartment,” said Nyanga Police spokesperson Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi.

Cops found that the culprits were prepared for their looting ways armed with a police uniform including a reflector jacket and a bullet proof vest, blue light, two hand radios, fake appointment certificates, fake number plates, a crow bar and knife were confiscated. The firearms were all filed off.

“The suspects were wanted for a number of house robberies committed in the Nyanga area, Constantia, Milnerton and Bellville.

One of their accomplices had already been arrested and is in prison. During these robberies the suspects would produce fake appointment certificates and identify themselves as police officers and rob the victims,” explained Sitshitshi.

One of the suspects, 47, is out on bail on a Worcester case where he was arrested in January with a stolen Fortuner and police uniform.

The three men aged 28, 42 and 47 are expected to appear in court soon facing a number of charges related to the robberies.

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