Last night, Sunday 2nd February 2014 at about 19:40, quick response by members of SAPS Pietermaritzburg led to the arrest of two bogus policemen in the process of committing a house robbery at premises along Boom Street in the city of Pietermaritzburg.
It is alleged that earlier in the evening Mr Yusuf Billy (20) and his two friends were inside his house when Billy heard a knock at the door. Upon opening the door, two unknown men, in civilian clothing, forced their way into his house. One of the men produced a name badge bearing the Police insignia and told the occupants that they are policemen. They then questioned Billy and his friends about a person and when they told the men that they knew nothing the alleged “policemen” then demanded cash from the victims. It is further alleged that the victims then complied and handed over a sum of three-hundred-rand (R300.00) to the “Policemen”. The “policemen” then took three-hundred-rand (R300) and upon fleeing from the house they were cornered by members and immediately arrested.
One of the occupants contacted the Police during the incident which led to the quick response and arrests of the bogus cops. The cash and the badge were found on their possession. It is believed that the arrested suspects, aged at 36 and 40, may possibly be linked to another house robbery incident earlier in January 2014 where a 23-year-old female victim and her friend were also robbed by alleged bogus policemen of their two (2) cellphones and cash at her premises.
The suspects will make their first court appearance in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court shortly. Investigations continue.