A 45-year-old man was arrested on Thursday, 29 October for impersonating a police officer and extortion.
The suspect was arrested on the corner of Kerk and Troye streets in Johannesburg’s central business district (CBD) about 1 pm by the police, along with community patrollers.
According to police spokesperson Captain Xoli Mbele, four suspects robbed a 41-year-old man on the corner of Bree and Troye streets.
“The victim had traveled from Pretoria to the Johannesburg CBD to buy things for his wedding in November.
“He was confronted by the bogus officers when one of them produced a fake appointment card (police name badge),” Mbele said.
Mbele said the police impersonators then asked the victim for his passport. When he failed to produce it they demanded R500.
“When he try to count it they grabbed all his money. The total amount taken was R1 800.”
The captain said three other suspects were still at large with the victim’s cash, while one person was apprehended.
Johannesburg CBD police station commander Brigadier Tony Perumal commended the good work done by the patrollers.
“They (immigrants) must stop giving bogus police money. Real police don’t demand money, they arrest people without valid papers to be in a country.”
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