Bogus cops arrested

Johannesburg – Last Saturday a 41-year-old woman was arrested for impersonating a police officer, kidnapping and extorting money from unsuspecting people in the Joburg CBD, and police are hunting for her male companion who fled the scene, according to police.

  Police spokesperson Xoli Mbele said the incident happened at corner Lilian Ngoyi and Von Brandis streets on August 10. “Two bogus police officers, a male and female, robbed a 24-year-old man and his friend. The victims came from Mpumalanga to buy stock for their business when they were confronted by the suspects, who asked for their passports. When the victims told them that they left the passports at home, the two demanded R2 000 from each of them. The bogus officers walked with them around the CBD until they searched them. They took R5 000 in cash from them and fled. The victims screamed for help and community members apprehended the female suspect; who had to be rescued by police from angry community members. An amount of R2 050 was recovered from her,” Mbele said.

  He added that police have launched a search for the male suspect who is suspected to have fled with the rest of the money.

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