Second gang of fake cops spotted

2012-11-28 00:00

WHILE one gang of armed robbers caught masquerading as cops appeared in a Pietermaritzburg court yesterday, police say yet another has been robbing homes between here and Durban.

Two homes in Chase Valley were recently robbed by men in police uniform, who told one of their victims they were officers from the Hawks.

“An unmarked VW Golf arrived at the home on Thursday evening. In it were five men, one white and four black. The white male introduced himself as a Mr Slabbert from the Hawks and told the victims they were investigating a case of fraud,” police spokesperson Joey Jeevan said.

Jeevan said a little later, four black men came into the house, and told the owners that “this is a robbery” and ransacked the home.

They five men made off with three television sets, two laptops — one of them an expensive MacBook, camera, hard drive and a Galaxy tablet computer.

The same men also ransacked another home a block away from their previous target on Saturday.

“This time they were not in uniform, but they fit the same description as in the other incident [one white man and four black men in a white Golf],” said Jeevan.

“The family was not home at the time. An alarm tripped, and the domestic worker called the home owners and told them someone was in the house. When they got there, their home had been ransacked.”

She said they took a “substantial amount of jewellery and electrical equipment”.

Jeevan said they did not rule out the possibility that the fake officers were part of the same gang that was arrested in Mountain Rise last week.

There were two other incidents of criminals pretending to be policemen in Durban recently.

In one incident, fake officers reportedly assaulted a homeowner and her pets before robbing her house.

In another, four men in police jackets took off with a victim’s car after they followed him to his employer’s home.

No arrests had been made, she said.

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