Gang members who police suspect are responsible for car hijackings and armed robberies in the Gauteng area were arrested in Lanseria on Sunday.
The five men were allegedly armed with illegal firearms, ammunition and a police uniform.
The suspects, between the ages of 26 and 36, are linked to multiple incidents in which victims were robbed and kidnapped by people in police uniforms, police spokeswoman Lt-Col Mavela Masondo said.
“Members of Crime Intelligence collected information about suspects waiting at a gas station to prey on unsuspecting motorists and then kidnap them at gunpoint and rob agents,” Masondo said.
He said a team consisting of members of the Police Tactical Response Team, Gauteng Crime Intelligence, West Rand Flying Squad, Tracker Connect, Vision Tactical, Guardmax Se curity and BCI Security came together to intercept the suspects.
“While the team watched closely, they spotted a blue Mazda matching the description of the suspects’ vehicle and followed it until it came to the Gas station in Lanseria.
“When searching the five occupants and the car, police found two unlicensed firearms (a shotgun and a pistol), ammunition and a police uniform. The suspects were arrested for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, possession of suspected stolen property, impersonation of law enforcement officers and conspiracy to commit a crime,” Masondo said.
They are expected to appear before Randburg Magistrates Court appear Tuesday.
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