A trio of bogus cops were arrested in the Port Shepstone CBD on Monday afternoon. The two men aged 31 and 28 and the woman (53) approached a 74-year-old grandmother in town on Monday when she was busy depositing money at an ATM. The trio pretended to be detectives who were investigating certain cases and told her to get into the car with them.
“They also told her that she must go with them to her house in Umtwalume to fetch her money or she will lose it. The suspects then drove with her in a silver Toyota Etios to a shopping centre in Kingsway , where they managed to withdraw money from her bank account,” Lieutenant Colonel Zandra Wiid said.
In the meantime, the victim’s relatives notified police in Port Shepstone that the grandmother was seen with these suspects and did not return home with her vehicle, an LDV, after she left home to go to Port Shepstone this morning. Local police began looking for her vehicle and found it parked outside the bank in Port Shepstone CBD. The description of the suspects’ vehicle was also circulated.
Shortly afterwards, the suspects’ vehicle stopped outside the bank and the driver of the vehicle and the grandmother walked towards the bank. Captain Shireen Michael and Constable Roxy Mrawushe apprehended the male suspect and also arrested the other passengers in the vehicle. When the vehicle. was searched by W/O Patrick Gosling of Port Shepstone SAPS, several envelopes with a large amount of money
“When the vehicle. was searched by W/O Patrick Gosling of Port Shepstone SAPS, several envelopes with a large amount of money was found hidden under the seat. There were also envelopes containing folded newspaper,” Lt Col Wiid said.
All three suspects were detained and the vehicle confiscated. They will face charges of fraud, impersonating of a police officer, kidnapping and possession of stolen property. They will appear in court soon. Detectives in Port Shepstone are also investigating more cases with a similar modus operandi and will establish if the suspects are linked to these cases.