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Eastern Cape residents warned to be vigilant after spate of robberies involving bogus cops

Eastern Cape residents warned to be vigilant after spate of robberies involving bogus cops…  Eastern Cape residents have been warned to be on the lookout for bogus police officers after the robbery of a Gqeberha couple on Tuesday.

Eastern Cape residents warned to be vigilant after spate of robberies involving bogus cops
Eastern Cape residents warned to be vigilant after spate of robberies involving bogus cops—

Two uniformed men rang the doorbell of the couple’s home and requested access to the property on the basis that suspects were seen jumping into the backyard.

The 61-year-old owner allowed the men onto the property.

Police spokesperson Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said:

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As the ‘policemen’ were walking toward the backyard, one of them went into the house. The complainant followed the ‘officer’ and was then attacked by him. A scuffle ensued between the suspect and the complainant.

A second suspect also entered and pointed a firearm at the owner, whose 56-year-old wife was also threatened.

“A third suspect dressed in a tracksuit also entered the property. The couple was tied up while [the suspects] ransacked the house. The suspects fled with firearms, rifles, ammunition, Rolex watches, jewellery, cellphones and other goods with an estimated value of R500 000. The stolen items were packed into the complainant’s Ford Ranger LDV and driven away,” Janse van Rensburg added.

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The vehicle was traced to New Brighton a few hours later but the suspects managed to evade arrest.

Police are also investigating cases where bogus police officers gained access to homes in Sherwood and Kabega Park in December.

Janse van Rensburg has urged residents to be more vigilant.

“Anyone entering the premises wearing a police uniform must be approached to produce a police appointment certificate which contains a picture of the said officer as well as his/her name and police ID number. Do not be complacent when one sees a blue shirt and pants and assume that is a member of the SAPS,” she said.

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