Duped by bogus police officers

2013-06-07 00:00

A NORTHDALE woman is struggling to come to terms with her terrifying ordeal after being abducted and robbed by bogus police officers.

Dhewmathee Bharath (57) from Northdale told The Witness that she was at the robots on the corner of Naidoo Road and Old Greytown Road after drawing money from a nearby bank on Tuesday morning when she was bumped into by a woman she did not know.

She had been on her way to a hardware shop when she was bumped into by the woman before a maroon Mazda Midge stopped in front of her.

“I was surprised at what happened after she bumped me. I noticed that she picked up a wallet from the ground. The next thing, a car pulled up and a man alighted from the car. He told me he was a policeman.”

The man claimed he was taking Bharath to the police station to take her fingerprints as she had picked up the wallet.

She said she did not think at the time that the man posing as a policeman and his companion were criminals as they looked as if they were genuine police officers.

“I told them that only the other woman had touched the wallet.”

But the men demanded that she and the woman who had bumped into her get into the car and accompany them.

“On the way they demanded my handbag. They took all my belongings,” said Bharath.

She said she became terrified when she realised that they were not policemen and that the other woman was an accomplice. She said she realised that they were not taking her to the Mountain Rise police station when they missed the turn to get there.

They took R900, a Nokia cellphone, and wedding and engagement rings from her.

They drove around and eventually dropped her next to the Sasol garage in Old Trafford Road before driving off at a high speed. She shouted for help and a person in a bakkie stopped to help her. They tried to chase the car, but it disappeared.

She said she had sleepless nights following the incident, thinking of what else the men could have done to her.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said Mountain Rise police are investigating a case of theft by false pretences.

Jeevan has appealed to anyone with information to contact Mountain Rise detective services on 033 387 9600/ 29.

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