A Soweto man, who posed as a Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) officer to stop and rob vehicles, was nabbed by the police at his home on Monday.
The 39-year-old man was arrested as a result of an intelligence-driven operation. .
“The police pounced on the suspect at his property where a reported stolen iPhone was recovered together with 14 reflector jackets of the JMPD. It is alleged that the suspect used these reflector jackets to pose as a police official and stopped people on roads with the intention to rob them,” Gauteng SAPS spokesperson Colonel Dimakatso Sello said.
The police added that further investigations revealed that the suspect, who is a driver of a courier company, is linked to 12 cases of robbery, of which the suspect was a victim as he was supposedly robbed at gunpoint for merchandise to be delivered by a Nissan Almera using different number plates. The cases are opened at different parts of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni Districts.
The suspect is expected to be in court soon on charges of theft, perjury, possession of police uniform.
The Provincial Commissioner of SAPS in Gauteng, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela welcomed the arrest of the 39-year-old man who was found in possession of a police uniform. He also said the dedication and persistent efforts of members of Ekurhuleni K9 unit and SAPS Hillbrow are applauded.
"Let us continue making those arrests and ensuring that those who take chances with the law are dealt with accordingly", said Mawela.