- Four suspects have been charged with impersonating police officers in the Johannesburg CBD
- According to the police, they were allegedly responsible for a string of “bank following” robberies
- The suspects had a replica of a firearm, balaclavas, a police jacket, police cap and a police bulletproof vest
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JOHANNESBURG – Four men were charged with impersonating police officers and are believed to be responsible for a string of “bank following” robberies. They were arrested in the Johannesburg CBD and were found with police equipment and had blue lights fitted in their car.
Police spokesperson Lt-Col Mavela Masondo said the suspects were allegedly en route to rob a victim. According to TimesLIVE, the vehicle was spotted in Johannesburg CBD. Masondo said one of the suspects was dressed in an incomplete police uniform.
When police searched the vehicle, they found a replica of a firearm, balaclavas, a police jacket, police cap and a police bulletproof vest. The car also had false registration plates.
The suspects are aged between 33 and 37 and were charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of suspected stolen property. IOL reported that the suspects may face additional charges.
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South Africans believe that crime in the country is spiralling out of control:
Vincent Mokgojwa said:
“And where do they get SAPS gear now? What's the celebrity Cele doing about this? Actually we are on our own here.”
Sabelo Ngcobo wrote:
“If you're going to withdraw a large amount, please find two men to accompany you it, works for me.”
Peter Fx commented:
“They must tell us who they work with inside the bank.”
Zakhele Kunene added:
“There is no safe place in this land.”
3 Police impersonators believed to be “blue lights” gang killed in shootout, 4th arrested for hijacking
In a related matter, Briefly News also reported that three suspected robbers who were allegedly part of a “blue lights” gang were gunned down following a shootout with police on Wednesday 9 June.
A fourth suspect was arrested after police received inside information about the gang committing hijackings and armed robberies in the northern Johannesburg suburbs.
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Source: Briefly News