Former cop nabbed over ammo, uniform

2013-08-18 21:03

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Johannesburg - National police commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Sunday that a former policeman had been arrested at his home in Ga-Rankuwa, north of Pretoria, for possession of items of police uniform and ammunition.

"The use of police uniforms and equipment by criminals masquerading as police officers is one of the contributors to the poor perceptions that communities have of the police," she said in a statement.

"Within this context the arrest of the former police officer and recovery of a bogus police vehicle is significant."

The 47-year-old man was arrested in a joint operation between the Hawks and the national intervention unit.

Phiyega said police had searched the man's house and recovered items including several rounds of ammunition, a substantial amount of money both in rand and US dollars, a police blue light, several items of police clothes and sergeant and inspector rank insignia.

Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramaloko said: "The former Klipgat police station sergeant had previously been charged for house robbery, which subsequently led to his dismissal from the police in 2010."

The man is set to appear in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Police expected more arrests to follow.

"It is suspected that the man is part of a gang that impersonated police officers and preyed on unsuspecting people in Pretoria and surrounding areas," Ramaloko said.
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