Cop charged with kidnapping, armed robbery after allegedly loaning out police gear to criminal syndicate

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A police sergeant was arrested for allegedly hiring out his police equipment, including his gun, to an online syndicate that robs and kidnaps people.
A police sergeant was arrested for allegedly hiring out his police equipment, including his gun, to an online syndicate that robs and kidnaps people.
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  • The officer was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly loaning out his police gun to a criminal syndicate that robbed people. 
  • He has been charged with armed robbery, extortion and kidnapping. 
  • In an unrated incident, a 40-year-old man was also arrested and found in possession of police reflector jackets, a diamond tester and five cellphones. 

A police sergeant was arrested for allegedly hiring out his police equipment, including his gun, to an online syndicate that robs and kidnaps people. 

The officer was arrested on Wednesday after the Vereeniging Magistrate's Court signed off on his warrant. 

"It is alleged that the member hired out his police equipment, including an official firearm, a bulletproof vest and handcuffs, to a group of an online syndicate that use this equipment to impersonate police officials. The suspects reportedly preyed on people who advertised their property online. They would thereafter rob and keep them hostage at a certain house in Orange Farms," said police spokesperson Colonel Dimakatso Sello.  

The officer had been charged with armed robbery, extortion and kidnapping and was due to appear in court on Thursday. 

Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, a 40-year-old man was arrested and found in possession of police reflector jackets, a diamond tester and five cellphones.

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"These arrests follow intensive efforts by investigators to crack cases where perpetrators impersonate police officers. These suspects will be profiled to determine if they cannot be linked to other cases where the same modus operandi was used to rob unsuspecting victims that sell their property online," said Sello. 

Gauteng provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela welcomed the arrests. 

"It is a disgrace to see one of our own being arrested for criminal activities that they were entrusted to fight, but instead they became perpetrators. As the management in SAPS Gauteng, we are committed to uprooting the rotten potatoes within the organisation and to ensure that justice is served," Mawela said. 

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