Ex-cops turned robbers appear in court for R500 000 heists

2015-08-01 14:06

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Cape Town - A gang of eight alleged armed robbers, two of them former police officers, will appear in the Johanesburg Magistrate’s Court later this month on charges of theft and robbery for heists, which saw the culprits escape with a total of R500 000.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo in a statement said Cleveland police detectives were continuing investigations into the gang, who were nabbed in March as they prepared to hit at a Langlaagte house.

The robbers, who impersonated police officers, were found with an undisclosed amount of cash and drugs in their possession when they were apprehended, Naidoo said.

“It is said the gang preferred to plant the drugs on their victims’ properties, often causing fear and confusion. By then they busy themselves by stealing money and other valuables belonging to the victim, who is later released.”

Naidoo said after the suspects’ arrests it was confirmed that two of them were police officers previously attached to the crime intelligence division.

Departmental investigation

The gang has since their arrest been linked with a spate of other crimes in which the same method was used.

“During two separate robberies in Sinoville last year, cash amounting to R125 000 was taken. In another robbery in Norwood R186 000 was taken, [while] R60 000 and R140 000 was taken in Cleveland and Yeoville respectively.”

The two officers were first arrested in November 2014 for the theft of money in Cleveland, Naidoo confirmed. The case has been temporarily set aside for further investigation.

One of them is a former lieutenant colonel who resigned in May this year after he was served with a notice for a departmental investigation.

“The other suspect, a warrant officer, went AWOL since January 2015. Her salary has since been stopped,” he said.

The eight suspects will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on August 25. They are all currently out on bail.

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