Two held for airport robberies

2015-01-12 22:10


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Johannesburg - Two men have been arrested for allegedly robbing five Pakistani nationals of an undisclosed amount of cash in Oakdene, Johannesburg police said on Monday.

The group of five was robbed after being followed from the airport in July last year, police spokesperson Solomon Makgale said.

"The suspects, while posing as police officers, allegedly followed the victims from the airport before they robbed them, by first flashing what looked like police appointment cards at the victims before relieving them of their belongings."

Makgale said investigations into other crimes the men may be linked to were under way.

Police believed one of the men was the "kingpin" of the operation.

They believed he was possibly linked to several cases of people followed from the airport and subsequently being robbed of their monies, jewellery and other personal belongings, he said.

"In nearly all of the cases the suspects have been impersonating the police, including flashing police paraphernalia at their unsuspecting victims," Makgale said.

Two vehicles were confiscated during the arrests on Monday morning.

The pair would appear in the Germiston Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

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