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Two arrested in Soweto for driving stolen JMPD car while impersonating police

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Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department vehicle.

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  • Two people were arrested in Soweto for impersonating JMPD officers.
  • They claimed that a JMPD officer loaned them his work car.
  • A traffic police officer opened a criminal case for car theft.

A BMW equipped with blue lights driving recklessly led police to a suspected stolen car from the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD).

According to JMPD, the car – with two occupants – was traveling on Como Street in Soweto on Saturday when officers spotted it.

One of the passengers was wearing a JMPD director’s combat cap. During questioning, they were unable to produce assignment cards that would have identified them as JMPD officers.

The driver also did not have a driver’s license, and both passengers were allegedly drinking in the car.

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“There was a registration number [investigated]and it was not a police vehicle, so members of the K9 unit decided to investigate what was going on with the vehicle,” JMPD said in a statement.

The vehicle was registered to a rental company and later revealed to be a JMPD headquarters patrol car.

“The suspects were questioned about how they acquired the vehicle and they claimed it was given to them by a JMPD officer. However, a vehicle theft case was initiated and registered in Protea Glen by an alleged JMPD officer,” the statement said.

The occupants of the vehicle were arrested and charged with impersonating police officers and possession of an allegedly stolen vehicle. They will appear in court soon.


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