Police nab con man posing as officer

2010-12-21 00:00

A MAN posing as a police officer was arrested in Port Shepstone after he conned a number of unsuspecting victims of their money by threatening to arrest them for crimes they did not commit.

The man, whose accomplice is still at large, was arrested on Wednesday last week after they robbed two women.

He was caught by a police dog, Caesar, as he was trying to flee on foot.

It is alleged that one of the suspects showed two women a purse found on the ground at the Shelly Centre shopping mall.

He encouraged them to divide the money inside the wallet among themselves.

“Then another person will appear, posing as a policeman and then tell the complainant(s) that he is investigating this ‘case’. The complainant is then made to be believe that he is in trouble.

“The con men then take their money and flee,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid.

The suspects, who are believed to have operated between Port Shepstone and Scottburgh, fled in a red VW Golf, but police gave chase.

The vehicle stopped in a bush and both men fled on foot.

Soon after, Caesar played his part in apprehending one of the men, Bonisani Mjoka.

Police are appealing to people who have been robbed by the same men to come forward and give statements.

“People should be very cautious when approached by unknown people who pose as policemen, especially when money is the topic of discussion. We are investigating the possibility that a group of people are involved in this scam,” said Wiid.

She has appealed to victims of these con men to contact Warrant Officer Saleem Dubree from Port Shepstone police station on 039 688 1091 during office hours.

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