Joburg Robbery Gang Caught In Police Uniform
A group of “bank-following robbers” in Johannesburg were apprehended by a multi-disciplinary operation after they pretended to be police officials while doing their crimes. Four “fake cops” were taken into custody earlier this week.
It is believed that the accused targeted businesspeople who entered nearby banks. Gang members would target those they believed to be wealthy and influential, and force victims to hand up any cash they might have.
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Arresting policemen searched the thieves and their truck and discovered a wealth of police equipment along with a fake gun. One of the fake officers was even partially dressed in a SAPS outfit that had been stolen. On Thursday afternoon, we received confirmation of the information below:
The gang were arrested earlier this morning, following a sting operation led by Crime Intelligence and the JMPD.
One of the four suspects – who are aged between 33 and 37 – was found wearing an incomplete police uniform.
Upon searching the vehicle, police found a replica of a firearm, balaclavas, police jacket, police cap and police bulletproof vest.
The car, a Toyota Corolla, was fitted with false registration plates and imitation blue lights on the dashboard.
All suspects were are charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, impersonating police officers, and possession of suspected stolen property.
In a thorough statement on the incident, SAPS explains how the bank-following thieves were ultimately caught. After learning who the next victim would be, many police units converged to help catch the criminals.
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“Four suspects believed to be responsible for bank robberies were arrested in Johannesburg CBD on Wednesday, 13 July 2022, after they were found with police uniform, a replica of a firearm and a car fitted with blue lights and false registration plates.”
“Police’s Crime Intelligence members received information about the suspects who are involved in bank robberies and that they were going to rob one of the victims in Johannesburg.”
“The members from Johannesburg Metro Police were activated to back up the team that kept close observation of the suspects. The team spotted and followed the car that matched the description given, from Turfontein to Johannesburg CBD, where they stopped them.”
#sapsGP Four suspects believed to be responsible for bank following robberies were arrested in JHB on Wednesday after they were found with police uniform, a replica of a firearm, a car fitted with blue lights and false registration plates. #TrioCrimes MLhttps://t.co/VQUzIIu7To pic.twitter.com/nyr1i7AqmY
— SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) July 14, 2022
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