Limpopo police pounce on bogus cops

2011-10-30 22:33

Johannesburg - Three men have been arrested in Polokwane for armed robbery and for impersonating police officers, Limpopo police said on Sunday.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the men were arrested at their "posh" offices in the Palm Centre on Friday and found in possession of suspected stolen property and forged cards.

He said police recovered three computers, three printers, two card printers, a toy gun, one tender approval stamp from the provincial department of sports, art and culture, and 18 fraudulent cards.

The 18 cards purported to be associated with the SA Revenue Service, the departments of health and sport, the police, the Hawks and the Tshwane University of Technology.

"Just recently a gang of bogus cops has been on the prowl in Polokwane, involved in armed robberies as well as housebreakings," said Mulaudzi.

He said it could not be ruled out that the men had been involved in a number of the recent crimes committed by bogus police officers.

About two weeks ago a senior manager of the provincial department of roads and transport was attacked in his home and robbed of cellphones by six men in police uniforms.

In another incident, a Polokwane businesswoman was robbed of more than R60 000 at her home by two bogus Hawks investigators, Mulaudzi said.

Investigations into the cases were still ongoing and the men were expected to appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Monday.

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