CBD sting nets ‘home robbery gang’ and police uniforms

2014-08-13 00:00

AN allegedly wayward cop and gang of suspected would-be house robbers have been nabbed in a sting operation in central Durban.

The province-hopping syndicate was collared on Monday while travelling in a car stolen in Johannesburg last week.

Along with a collection of criminal tools, arresting officers seized four sets of neatly prepared police uniforms.

It is understood that the uniforms were set to be worn by the robbers while raiding houses.

A Ladysmith detective was arrested along with three other men and all are expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court today.

A well-placed police source, who could not be named as he is not authorised to speak to the press, said that the gang was arrested while moving through Warwick Triangle.

“The group was using a car that shows up as being stolen in Johannesburg. Police officers managed to surround the car and stop it before all the occupants were arrested,” he said.

The source added that intelligence gathered by police suggested that the gang had planned to rob homes in the Sydenham area before their scheme was thwarted.

“In the boot of the car we found several police uniforms which would have been used to commit the crimes. An active police officer attached to the detective unit in Ladysmith was also arrested.”

The source added the four would face a range of charges.

“They were detained and charged for being in possession of the stolen car and more charges could be added later as the investigation continues. It is a shame to have to arrest a fellow policeman but everyone is equal before the law,” he said.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker did not respond to questions at the time of going to press yesterday.

• jeff.wicks@witness.co.za

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