Fake cops hijack driver

Kagiso Police warned motorists to be extra careful when police pull them over after bogus cops had hijacked a man in Kagiso. File photo: Bianca Pindral.

Police are searching for six suspects posing as police officials. They are appealing to members of the community to assist with information that could lead to their arrest.

This comes after a man driving along the R41 from Mathole Village near Roodepoort alleged that he was stopped by an unknown vehicle in which men posing as police officials were travelling. He said the vehicle suddenly stopped in front of him. Another two vehicles, one with a blue light stopped behind him.

Read more here: Victim Hijacked by alleged traffic officers

Five men of different races and a woman alighted from the vehicles and approached him. They were speaking Afrikaans and sePedi. One suspect pointed a firearm at him and said they have been searching for him. The suspects searched his vehicle and later drove it to the man’s residence in Tshepisong. They ransacked his house and thereafter left him in an open space where they assaulted and tortured him. They then took his money and drove off. The attackers were not wearing police uniforms.

Kagiso Police are advising anyone driving along R41 and M13 routes to be more cautious as such incidents may happen at any time.

“We would also like to advise people to use other safer methods of handling large sums of cash, especially during this time of the year.

Banks are always there to assist people with ideas in that regard,” said Captain Solomon Sibiya, Kagiso Police Station spokesperson.

This is not the first time drivers have fallen victim to bogus police officers in the area.

Last year the News reported that men posing as traffic officers hijacked a man. It is alleged the victim was driving through Chamdor on Thursday, 2 March when he heard sirens and pulled over because he believed the siren was that of a traffic police vehicle.

He noticed that one of the ‘officers’ was wearing a traffic officer’s uniform, but the bogus traffic cop pointed a firearm at him, blindfolded him took him to Soweto, dropped him off and took his vehicle.

Read more here: Krugersdorp hijacking trend – Motorists beware

Another unsuspecting driver became a hijacking victim on Saturday, 11 March, 2017 when he was pulled over by suspects posing as Metro Police officers.

This was the third incident reported in 2017 in which victims were hijacked by thugs posing as officials. As in the previous cases, a white VW Polo Vivo with blue lights was used to pull over the unsuspecting driver.

The victim alleged that he was driving in a company vehicle when he was pulled over. Two unknown males dressed in full Metro Police uniform approached him and asked for a cold drink. When the victim took out his wallet to give them money, one of the suspects pointed a firearm at him and forced him out of his vehicle.

To help prevent any further fraud and hijackings in the area, the News posted an article containing advice on What to do when… an unmarked vehicle pulls you over.

Read more here: What to do when an unmarked vehicle pulls you over

Do you perhaps have more information pertaining to this story? Email us at [email protected] or phone us on 011 955 1130.I 

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Bianca Pindral
Journalist

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