Police and SANDF impersonators arrested

Three of the suspects arrested for impersonating officers

Five people have been arrested by Gauteng police for impersonating soldiers, police and emergency services personnel.

Captain Mavela Masondo, Police Spokesperson, said that a 25-year-old man was arrested in Heidelberg for impersonating a soldier.  The man was also in possession of stolen property.  He was found walking in the CBD in full uniform on Sunday.  “Members of the community found it unusual when they saw the dreadlocked man in full army uniform walking along Voortrekker Street and they alerted the police.”

Another man, driving a vehicle with red lights and a siren was also arrested on Sunday.  “When stopped, the suspect could not produce proof that he is an emergency services employee.  As police were searching the car, they found an unlicensed firearm with ammunition as well as traffic cones belonging to the South African Police Service.”

A former reservist and two other suspects were arrested for impersonating police officers.  The trio allegedly committed a crime and was arrested for common robbery.  “A lookout for the suspects was conducted.  A vehicle matching the description given was spotted and stopped in Soshanguve.  Upon questioning the occupants, it was established that one female is a former police reservist while the other female and male were just members of the community,” said Masondo.

According to captain Masondo, the 5 suspects are due to appear in court soon.

“Investigation is underway to establish how the suspects acquired uniforms and property that belongs to the police and the army.  Further charges may be added to all the suspects, pending the investigation.”

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