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Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Bogus cops rob couple

Johannesburg - Several men pretending to be police officers robbed a house in Vereeniging, Johannesburg police said on Friday.

Spokesperson Captain Shado Mashobane said the men in a white car with a police siren stopped a 75-year-old man outside his home on Thursday.

"Four of the men were dressed in police uniform and one was dressed as a metro police officer.

"They also had three plain clothed men with them. They asked the man if he sold one of his vehicles to those men as they had said they knew him," Mashobane said.

The man believed that robbers were policemen and let them into his house.

"Once they were in the house they attacked the man and tied his wife, domestic worker and gardener.

"They also assaulted the man with a firearm. They managed to get away with three firearms, one cellphone, two watches, two cameras, lots of ammunition and the owner's Honda Civic," said Mashobane.

The car was later found in Lenasia South.

Police were investigating house robbery and hijacking, said Mashobane.