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Fake JMPD inspector tries to scam an off-duty JMPD officer in Alberton

Fake JMPD inspector tries to scam an off-duty JMPD officer in Alberton

A 42-year-old fake JMPD inspector was unlucky on Tuesday when he tried to scam an off-duty Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) officer at the Braken City Shopping Centre in Brakenhurst, Alberton.

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR IMPERSONATING A POLICE OFFICER

The man was arrested after impersonating a JMPD inspector.

According to the department spokesperson Xolani Fihla, on Tuesday 7 June 2022 an off duty JMPD officer who is currently on maternity leave, was approached by a male claiming to be a JMPD Inspector working at the Langlaagte Testing Station.

Fihla said the suspect asked the off duty officer for money to purchase oil to fix his vehicle. In return, he told her he would cancel the officer’s traffic fines.

Little did the fake JMPD inspector know that he was communicating with a JMPD officer.

“After attempts of getting assistance, as the suspect was waiting for the officer next to her vehicle, two officers from the Ekhuruleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD) Specialized Task  Team came to her rescue. The suspect was immediately apprehended,”

said Fihla.

SCAMMER CONFESSES TO OFFICIALS

Furthermore, Fihla said when questioned, the suspect alleged that he calls himself an Inspector from JMPD in an effort to scam money from unsuspecting victims.

“He also mentioned that he does this at least twice a week at Braken City Shopping Centre and The Glen Shopping Centre,” explained Fihla.

The fake JMPD inspector was arrested and detained at Brakendowns SAPS. He is likely to appear in court during the week.

Meanwhile, the JMPD management welcomes this arrest and applauds the two EMPD officers for stepping up to assist the off duty JMPD officer and saving unsuspecting victims from the scammer.

ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF TRAFFIC UNIFORM

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Mpumalanga has confirmed the arrest of one suspect who was found in possession of several items, including an unlicensed firearm with ammunition, jammer and traffic officer uniforms.

The man was nabbed by police on Saturday, 4 June 2022.

“According to our information, members of the Secunda Flying Squad members were patrolling on the R29 near Leandra when they came across a suspicious Toyota Corolla vehicle. Their instincts prove to be correct when they stopped the vehicle and instead, two of its occupants fled even before they spoke to the Police,”

said SAPS Mpumalanga spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala.

He added that the energetic members searched the vehicle and found an unlicensed firearm with ammunition, jammer, traffic officer uniforms, false number plates and blue lights in the vehicle.


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