Cops bust robbers posing as police
PRETORIA police have arrested three men believed to be behind numerous robberies and hijackings posing as police officers.
The men were nabbed at the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate's Court where they were appearing on house robbery and possession of illegal firearms charges that happened in September last year.
They were out on bail.
The Gauteng provincial investigation unit had been closely monitoring the men since their initial arrest. It was picked up that they were using false residential addresses.
The men were living in three apartments in an up-market townhouse complex in Equestria, Pretoria East.
Provincial police spokeswoman Colonel Katlego Mogale said the apartments were searched and three pistols, 153 rounds of ammunition including R5 ammunition, police reflector jackets, blue lights, police caps, police wallets and identification certificates were found in the men's possession.
The men were also found with 12 cell-phones and housebreaking equipment including screwdrivers, hammers and balaclavas.
Mogale said police recovered a silver BMW, a white Audi 4 fitted with police blue lights and a siren, a silver C180 Mercedes Benz and a Hyundai bakkie which so far is the only vehicle positively identified as stolen during a house robbery in Cullinan in August last year.
"The suspects have been linked to a murder, eight attempted murder cases and 8 armed robbery cases which were committed in the Welbekend/Bronkhorstspruit area," Mogale said.
One man, a father of three - including a baby - lived with a prison warder.
"I am shocked. This is a quiet area. This guy [the one with a prison warder wife]. You would never imagine him to be involved in those sort of things. He is the sort of guy that you greet in English and he replies [almost apologetically] in Afrikaans," said the complex's body corporate chairman who preferred not to be named.
The men will be back in the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate's Court on Friday.