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Residents warned to be aware of bogus cops

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Police in Gqeberha are warning residents to be wary of criminals posing as police officers and robbing them in their homes.
Police in Gqeberha are warning residents to be wary of criminals posing as police officers and robbing them in their homes.
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Police in Gqeberha are warning residents to be wary of criminals posing as police officers and robbing them in their homes.

This warning comes in the wake of a house robbery that took place in Marguerite Street in Lorraine early yesterday afternoon, January 25. It is alleged that at approximately 12:15, the complainant (61) went outside after hearing his gate bell ringing. He noticed two men dressed in police uniforms who informed him that they are chasing after suspects that were seen jumping into his backyard. The complainant allowed them access into his premises. 

Police spokesperson, Capt. Sandra Janse Van Rensburg, said that as the "policemen" were walking towards the backyard, one of them went into the house.

"The complainant followed the ‘officer’ and was then attacked by him. A scuffle ensued between the suspect and the complainant. The second suspect also entered and pointed the complainant with a firearm. The wife (56) was also threatened," Janse Van Rensburg said.

"A third suspect dressed in a tracksuit also entered the property. The couple were tied up while they ransacked the house. The suspects fled with firearms, rifles, ammunition, Rolex watches, jewellery, cell phones and other goods with an estimated value of R500 000. The stolen items were packed into the complainant’s Ford Ranger LDV and driven away. The complainant sustained slight injuries," she explained. 

She added that at about 15:30 the same day, the Ford Ranger was tracked and recovered in New Brighton. "Upon seeing police, the suspects jumped out of the vehicle and ran away.  None of the stolen property was recovered. The suspects are coloured males." 

SAPS Kabega Park detectives are also investigating two cases where bogus police officers gained access to homes in Sherwood and Kabega Park in December 2021. In the Sherwood incident, the suspects were white males and in the Kabega Park one, the suspects were one white and a coloured male. 

"Police are once again alerting residents to be extra vigilant and not to allow anyone on their premises unless they have summoned them. If anyone enters the premises wearing a police uniform, they must produce a police appointment certificate which contains a picture of the said officer as well as his/her name and police ID number. Do not be complacent when one sees a blue shirt and pants and assume that is a member of the SAPS. Take a detailed note of his/her apparel and appearance. Every police officer must have a name tag attached to his/her uniform. If in doubt, NEVER allow anyone into your house or premises."      

Source: SAPS media statement
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