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Johannesburg - Have you seen this man? Police believe Neo Moshoeu, 34, has information regarding a man who escaped when officers swooped on an apartment and found an unlicensed firearm, a hijacked VW Polo, Joburg metro police department certificates, R12 000 in cash, numerous credit cards and a high court certification.
A 34-year-old woman was arrested when police raided the Vanderbijlpark apartment on Tuesday. Police were led to the apartment by a tip-off.
On Thursday, police found a Hyundai SUV fitted with blue lights hidden in a garage at another Vanderbijlpark apartment. A 34-year-old man was arrested.
“It is alleged that the vehicle was stolen in a house robbery in Roodepoort. Police are not ruling out the possibility that the suspect might be linked to a blue-light gang that has been impersonating police and committing serious crimes across Gauteng,” police spokesman Captain Kabelo Marumo said on Sunday.
The man and woman were due to appear at the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of impersonating police officers and the possession of stolen motor vehicles.
Marumo wouldn’t divulge what crimes the two and the man on the run are believed to have committed, but said there was a possibility they were linked to a blue-light gang robbery in May.
In May, The Star reported on a spate of blue-light gang robberies around Joburg, with top police officials saying the hijackings were connected, and that the syndicate had to be receiving help from corrupt officers who provided uniforms, bulletproof vests, blue lights and R5 rifles.
“Police will continue with investigations, and more suspects are expected to be arrested,” he added.
Meanwhile, on Friday, Sandton police arrested two suspects in Alexandra and River Park in connection with a house robbery in Sandton last Monday.
The two men, aged in their mid- to late-thirties, were found in possession of top-of-the-range watches, including Rolex, Tag Heuer and Mercedes brands.
Police also found cash, cellphones and digital cameras.
The two men were due to appear in the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
“We’re appealing to the public to come forward to identify the watches,” police spokeswoman Captain Kym Cloete said. “People can come to the Sandton police station during office hours and ask for the SAP13.”
If you have any information regarding Moshoeu, contact Crime Stop on 0860010111, SMS information to Crime Line on 32211, or contact the local police station.
Recent hits by bogus police
* May 1, 2012: Ryan Pickford was hijacked by a blue-light gang in Bryanston. He was later dropped off in a veld in Centurion. The gang drove a white Golf GTI
* May 9, 2012: A man whose identity has not been determined by The Star was also stopped by a blue-light gang travelling in a Golf GTI.
* May 7, 2012: A blue-light gang in a white VW Polo hijacked a priest, Jo Mangaliso Mdhlela, in Fairleads, Benoni.
* May 7, 2012: Rahendra Naidoo was hijacked by a blue-light gang in Midrand. They drove a white Golf GTI and he was eventually dropped off in Lombardy East.
* 2010: Jason Woosey was hijacked in Bryanston by men in a black Audi.