Cops foil Joburg robbery after tip-off

2012-10-25 22:38

Johannesburg - Four men, including a police officer, were arrested as they allegedly tried to rob a house in Jeppe, Johannesburg police said on Thursday.

They were caught when they arrived at the house belonging to a businessman on Macdonald Street, after police were tipped off on Wednesday morning, Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini said.

The men were found in possession of several items of police equipment and uniforms.

A crime scene jacket, handcuffs, a fraudulent police identity certificate, handcuffs, a service pistol, a shocking stick with police identification marks, and nine cellphones were among the items seized.

Three vehicles were impounded.

One of the men was a policeman based at the Johannesburg Central police station.

They were expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Friday on charges of conspiracy to commit house robbery and impersonating police.

Investigations were continuing to establish if they could be linked to other crimes.

  • Notrax123 - 2012-10-25 23:11

    2012-10-25 14:11 No proof of cops helping robbers - police It was not clear whether vehicles at the home of a Johannesburg legal adviser belonged to the police, a police spokesperson said on Thursday. 2012-10-25 22:38 Cops foil Joburg robbery after tip-off Four men, including a police officer, were arrested as they allegedly tried to rob a house in Jeppe, Johannesburg police said on Thursday. 3 Vechicles to rob a residence? were any of the vehicles SAP's vehicles? The men were found in possession of several items of police equipment and uniforms. A crime scene jacket, handcuffs, a fraudulent police identity certificate, handcuffs, a service pistol (SAP's?), a shocking stick with police identification marks, and nine cellphones were among the items seized. Why even bother to wonder why this country is so screwed up SAP's through a non-existant selection process of members, has taken to syndicating crime, and sing in the same chorus as the politicians. Their favourite song, and one which they are famous for is "Denial", they have been singing it for the past 18 years. Collecting for Cdr Julius legal fee's? - just saying.

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2012-10-26 05:07

      police Reservists are wearing the same uniform as police officials,so what do u expect???

      isikhuluesimhlophe.esimhlophe - 2012-10-26 07:10

      @ nkosikhonorman.ludidi and all the other negative people. I am an "A" grade reservist that has been with SAPS for 7 years. I did the full training every Tues, Thurs night and Sat mornings for a year. I am competent to use a fire arm (test result of 98%). I had to buy my own torch, hand cuffs etc and have my own bulletproof made because there was not enough equipment for me. After 7 years I still do not have a name tag( the student constables get issued one on appointment). I work a minimum of 16 hours a month without renumeration trying to make a difference. Please tell me how you make a difference by passing your ignorant "brain fart" 2c words of wisdom. Be the answer not the problem. I can not believe that out of 5 million sperm, you were the fastest. I understand that I am out numbered 88 to 1 in the SAPS through AA, but I still try. If I arrest a person of colour, I am a racist. If I arrest a white person, I am a "K boetie", so where is the "WIN" situation. Crime fighting starts with the individual, accounatability, responsibility, ownership etc. Anyone can flap his gums and give lip service, get out there and correct your own brothers and sisters, family and friends in your communities; are criminals not born the normal way?

  • matome.leshabane - 2012-10-25 23:18

    lock de hell away, with no bail or any discharge. In this 1 we must not told that there's lack of evidence... Whereas there are so many to choose from.., even a police service pistol.

      Oraniaboer - 2012-10-25 23:29

      matome canyou believe these guys and they call themselves police. Its digusting behaviour ccming from police itself. How in the world can the public trust the police when things like this happens.

  • jojo.ntsoane - 2012-10-26 00:42

    Whats happenin in our country in every criminal activity cops involved, i can see why cops killed while on duty especially nightshift.

  • lunga.matsikechangu - 2012-10-26 03:19

    Police officers are more dangerious than criminals. They provide criminals with vip protection,guns and amunitions, transport,plans finance,work

      Werewabbit - 2012-10-26 09:50

      Yes, that is why our prisons are empty and courts quiet because police help the criminals. I live in a different country to you, clearly

  • Marco Veltman - 2012-10-26 03:59

    police are main reason for such crimes and they suppose to protect and serve i believe in pple's justice if a cop is in ur yard charge him for trespassing.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-26 05:08

    And still the police spokesman denies that police are helping robbers. Maybe he should have been asked whether police are the robbers.They love to play the semantics game.

      Werewabbit - 2012-10-26 09:52

      there will always be some corruption in policing, the phone tapping in the UK testifies to that. that doesn't mean it should be tolerated

  • Thembinkosi Ntlanganiso - 2012-10-26 05:20

    A policer officer with a criminal mind will never stay long in this organisation

      dale.simmons.7921 - 2012-10-26 07:39

      You are quite correct. He will become a politician.

  • siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-26 05:57

    It is disheartening to read news like these that among the robbery suspects there is one of your own. Sometimes I struggle to wake up in the and go to work when I read disturbing news like these. At times I wonder it am I serving justice to myself at being a cop? Twenty six years of unblemished career. Now this! Maybe I am naïve, but I stand to be corrected. I wish the Legislature were to come up with special legislation particularly aimed at the policemen who are caught committing crimes to be sentenced in a most severe sentences. It's disgusting really. I'm so flabbergasted. I wish I had s magic wand that I could flash and quickly complete my LLB degree and quit asp. You work hard to earn the respect of your community some vermin tarnish the image of your organisation. Where are we heading to as a nation? Don't give me bull of low salaries, I started at R202 and work myself at what I am now.

      jayjay.mlungu - 2012-10-26 06:44

      Siphom we need guys like you in the service, so please don't quit. In great organisations the good work together and get rid of the bad (not just management). Within the organisation people stand up and say I am proud of what I do and won't tolerate working with mamparas who aren't proud and don't do their job properly. Unfortunately there are bad cops all over the world who undo the good that people like you do. Stay strong and work to change the place where you work and I am sure it will spread from there?

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-26 07:04

      @jayjay.mlungu:)thank you very much for message of support. At times it I'd very distressing when I read the criticisms posted on this column. Let me quickly add that I understand the peoples anger and disgust, but really some of the things posted make think of not returning after this study leave come to end. I am so depressed. I am p%$$d off.

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-10-26 10:08

      Bayete Siphom, Men like you evn me as a racist white supremacist Afrikaner will stand proud with. I salute you.

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-10-26 10:14

      Siphom, with you I will stand proud in this country. I salute you. Take note, I'm a racist, white supremasist Boer, Afrikaner and will stay that way while crap like that happen in this country. You hold on to your dream and stand strong. Bayete

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-26 12:44

      @kobie.nel.2:)you have no idea what it means to me to read your response to my comment. Thank very much, sir. May all your wishes come true. I wish you a very long life in this beautiful,crazy cruel world. I shed a tear or two when I read your comment. Keep well.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-26 06:07

    Once again a tip off which is great but this stuff is scary how are we citizens who pay tax supposed to feel at all safe around our own police force??!!! Thank you to those few men and women who actually go all out to protect and serve the people its just sad that its hard to trust the law these days!!!

  • phahla.matwa - 2012-10-26 06:45

    Bad cop

  • jonathan.birkholtz - 2012-10-26 06:54

    Police officials are under oath, and u can't even trust them... How are we meant 2 feel safe, even now around law enforcement?!

  • josie.russell.10 - 2012-10-26 06:57

    Well Thank God someone tipped off the police. Problem is we don't know who is the good cop and who is the rotten cop. Every crime now a days seem to have a cop providing transport,guns and clothes. You wonder why SA's don't show respect for the police, they are the worst.

  • dale.simmons.7921 - 2012-10-26 07:12

    The sad part is they will never see the inside of the jail. They will be given R50-00 bail, the cop will be "suspended" on full pay so that he can rob some more homes in all his free time now, and eventually he will pay some court official to lose the docket. Then he will be reinstated in the SAPS and because of his "long unbroken service" in the force will be promoted to a senior post. Happy days for the criminals! :-((((

  • demi.cooke.7 - 2012-10-26 07:24

    We are so in deep sh?*&%t now...who the hell can we trust

  • louwv - 2012-10-26 08:17

    It is so tragic, the ones supposed to protect us from robberies are robbing us now. The criminal element in the police is busy ruining peace and stability more than anything else in South Africa

  • david.maree.92 - 2012-10-26 08:24

    Seriously, they must lock that police man up for twice as long as thevrest!

  • petr.valcik1 - 2012-10-26 08:42

    I have dealt with a few cops over time and most of them were actually pretty decent guys. Yeah - there are some that are corrupt thugs but even in this story it was the cops that arrested them so let's not forget that. Corruption/crime regardless if it is a cop asking for a bribe or a minister giving a tender to a family member is wrong - but it needs to be corrected from top down and it can't be addressed from the bottom up.

      petr.valcik1 - 2012-10-26 08:46

      One more thing - for the cops/reservists that are doing what they are supposed to - keep doing your job well and don't give into the hate due to some rotten apples.

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-26 09:17

      @petr.valcik.1:)I just wish there were many of your kind who recognises the fact that there are some of us who take seriously the oath that we took to be the servants of the community that we are serving. Rather the comments paint a picture of the whole rotten kind. I mean it is justified to criticise where the criticism is deserved, but to say all of us are crooks is disingenuous and detached from reality.

  • ftakalani - 2012-10-26 09:45

    I think a lot could be discovered frm thoz criminals. It is a step to uncover a lot of ill discipline members of th SAPS who ain't interested in serving th ppl. Giv enough evidence tht would let them rot behind bars. Nonsense

  • phillip.joubert.56 - 2012-10-26 10:27

    Hell we can be proud of the real POLICE OFFICERS that are still incharge of crimes like this. KEEP IT UP OFFICERS. Will give my life to protect YOU as it comes push to shuff

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