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    Gang of bogus cops suspected of hijackings, armed robberies arrested

    A gang suspected of being responsible for car hijackings and armed robberies around Gauteng was arrested in Lanseria on Sunday, 29 May 2022.

    They were found with unlicensed firearms, ammunition and police uniform. 

    SUSPECTS OBSERVED AND FOLLOWED BEFORE ARREST 

    The suspects aged between 26 and 36, are linked with various cases where victims are robbed and hijacked by people wearing police uniforms, said police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo.

    “Members of Crime Intelligence gathered information about gang that wait at a petrol station to prey on unsuspecting motorists. They subsequently hijack and rob them at gunpoint. 

    “Information on the planned hijacking that was to happen on Sunday night was shared with the operatives,”

    explained Lt-Col Masondo.

    To intercept the gang, members of SAPS Tactical Response Team, Gauteng Crime Intelligence, West Rand Flying Squad, Tracker Connect, Vision Tactical, Guardmax Security, and BCI Security joined forces.

    As the team was keeping a close observation, they spotted a blue Mazda that matched the description of the suspects’ vehicle. They followed the vehicle until it stopped at the petrol station in Lanseria. 

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    Police uniform Crime Intelligence found inside the suspects’ vehicle. Photo: SAPS

    SEARCH LEADS TO THE DISCOVERY OF POLICE UNIFORM

    Upon searching the five occupants and the car, police found two unlicensed firearms (a shotgun and pistol), ammunition, and police uniform. 

    “Suspects were arrested for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, possession of suspected stolen property, impersonating police officers, and conspiracy to commit a crime,”

    said Lt-Col Masondo.

    Provincial Commissioner of the police in Gauteng Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, has praised the collaboration between the police and private security companies through the Eyes and Ears project as they continue to squeeze the space for criminals.

    The suspects are expected to appear before Randburg Magistrates on Tuesday, 31 May 2022. 

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