National 11.8.2016 10:44 am

Beware of bogus cops, police warn

Police captain arrested among robbers.

Police captain arrested among robbers.

This after a victim was accosted by three fake cops who pretended to want to fine him, before abducting and robbing him.

Randfontein police on the West Rand has issued a caution about bogus cops who have “infiltrated” the area.

This comes after a 31-year-old driver was hijacked by bogus Metro Police officers pretending to want to fine him recently, Randfontein Herald reported.

Randfontein Police spokesperson Captain Appel Ernst said the driver was allegedly travelling on the R559 in his company vehicle, a white Toyota Quantum with the registration number WSR 483 GP.

“As he passed Mohlakeng Extension 7, he was confronted by the fake police officers who were standing next to a white Polo. They pulled him over and instructed him to get out of the car so that they could issue a fine.

However, as he neared the Polo, one officer pulled a gun on him and ordered him to get into the Polo’s back seat.

“According to the victim, there were three suspects – two in uniform and the other in civilian attire,” Ernst said.

The victim was later dropped off in the Soweto area after the suspects robbed him of his money, cellphones and his vehicle, which contained a number of first aid kits.

The last incident of bogus police reported on by the Herald occurred in Westonaria on Friday, May 15, 2015. The victim, also a driver of a company car, was stopped by four men wearing SA Police Services uniforms.

These suspects pulled a knife on the driver before forcing him into the car. They eventually dropped him off in Soweto. The car was later found abandoned in Soweto.

After the earlier incident, the Herald spoke to the Westonaria Police station commander, Colonel Selvan Moonsamy, who said what residents should know about police identification.

“In terms of the South African Police Service’s dress code, it is compulsory for officers to have identification. If they do not have their name tags with them, they have to find a means to identify themselves, such as writing their names on a piece of paper and pinning it on their uniforms.”

“Alternatively, police officers can identify themselves by showing their appointment certificates,” added Moonsamy.

The Randfontein Police urges residents to report any information that might assist in the investigation. Information can be reported anonymously on 011 278 8100 or 086 00 10111.

– Caxton News Service

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