Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Fake police cars for hire

police cars_feb 5Without Fear or Favour - It's your right to know........

The suspects had police assault rifles and pistols, police said.
Police believed the gang to be implicated in at least three cases
in the province where they robbed wealthy businessmen on their
way to and from work, said the head of the Durban Organised Crime
Unit (Serious and Violent Crimes), Colonel Eddie van Rensburg.
There were links to similar cases in Gauteng.
He said on Monday they had received a tip-off that the gang had split,
and some of them had gone to Ladysmith.
He said the gang members posed as police officers, travelling in the stolen
Golf GTI and a BMW, both with police markings.
The man who hires out the police gear, including police reflector jackets and
two-way radios, is believed to be from Soweto. He is also believed to do the
police markings on stolen vehicles for a substantial fee. Police are investigating
how he got the gear and branding.
The two arrested in Mayville lived in Mamelodi, Pretoria, but operated in KZN.
The gang had previously robbed a Chinese businessman at his Westville home.
Van Rensburg said the suspects had followed him from his shop in Pinetown.
“When he closed shop, the suspects followed him for a short distance, before
pulling him over. They were travelling in a Golf GTI that had police markings on
it. They appeared to know the exact movements of the businessman.”
The suspects, wearing police reflector jackets, told the businessman they wanted
to search his vehicle for suspected stolen goods. The man was then told to drive to his
home. At the house the suspects produced guns and robbed the man of an undisclosed
amount of cash, a laptop and other valuables.
The suspects then went to Ladysmith, where a Chinese businessman and another family
were hit.
Van Rensburg said the family were confronted by four robbers in police uniforms at their
home. The men said they were investigating a 2010 robbery at the house and even carried
a police docket.
Once inside, the family were robbed of jewellery, a firearm and money. Witnesses told police
the suspects had fled in a Golf GTI, with police markings.
Van Rensburg said the suspects were not policemen.
The fleeing suspects were confronted by police on the N3, travelling towards Harrismith. Police
soon realised that the suspects were listening in on police radios and stopped using them.
A gunfight ensued and the suspects ran into the QwaQwa area.
Van Rensburg said that during the shoot-out, they received information that the BMW was still
in KZN. “We followed several leads, and two suspects were arrested at an abandoned house in Mayville.”
The gang comprised nine suspects – seven from Gauteng and two from Durban, Van Rensburg
He said the two men arrested in Durban were expected to appear in the Pinetown Magistrate’s
Court on Tuesday. One of the suspects, who tried to escape from police, was in hospital with a
broken ankle.
Van Rensburg confirmed that a hunt was on for the man from Soweto, who was believed to be
hiring out police equipment and gear to criminals. “Once the job is done, the criminals return the
stuff to him,” Van Rensburg said.
“They hire it again when they are due to make another hit.”

IOL NEWS / Mail  Guardian







At least during the 'old days' the criminals were able to keep their
 false 'Appointment Certificates!'
Organised Crime belongs to the ruling party.

One of the main reasons why this is allowed to happen appears to be
because of all the reservists in KZN with criminal records?

Why do the Hawks not use their 3rd Degree to extract intel from the suspects?

Or on the other hand, maybe, just maybe they friends.

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