Cop car’s num­ber plates cloned

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MASABATA MK­WANANZI­ @Sa­bie_M

THE pub­lic have been warned to be alert to a VW GTI op­er­at­ing on Gaut­eng’s roads with cloned regis­tra­tion plates that be­long to one of the Joburg Metro Po­lice Depart­ment’s cars.

The white GTI shares the same num­ber plate – CL 31 VL GP – with a VW Polo Vivo sedan, also white, that has since been im­pounded.

JMPD spokesper­son Wayne Min­naar said he learnt about the cloned num­ber plates on Face­book af­ter peo­ple shared the pic­tures on so­cial me­dia.

One of them, Rakesh Suk­nadan, who alerted Emer­gency SA on Face­book, said the white Polo was spot­ted in Dur­ban, while the white Golf GTI was spot­ted in Gaut­eng.

The Polo Vivo was re­cov­ered on Wed­nes­day near a farm in the Vaal af­ter po­lice re­ceived a tip-off, ac­cord­ing to Min­naar.

He said the oc­cu­pants of the car fled when the po­lice tried to stop them.

War­rant Of­fi­cer Sello Mafokot­sana from Sed­ibeng con­firmed that a white Polo Vivo had been re­cov­ered, but said the sus­pects were still at large.

“When po­lice stopped the ve­hi­cle, four sus­pects in the car dis­ap­peared into bushes near a farm in the Vaal,” he said.

BE ON THE LOOK­OUT: The white VW Polo Vivo, main pic­ture, fit­ted with the regis­tra­tion plates of the Joburg Metro Po­lice Depart­ment’s car, in­set right. On the left, a VW GTI with the same cloned num­ber plate.

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