Tourists robbed by fake of­fi­cers

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS -

THREE German‚ Swiss and French tourists were robbed at gun­point near O R Tambo In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Jo­han­nes­burg by gun­men wear­ing po­lice uni­forms.

The rob­bery oc­curred shortly af­ter the tourists landed in Jo­han­nes­burg on Thurs­day.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port, the tourists said they were en route to their ho­tel when the ve­hi­cle they were in was forced to stop by the rob­bers.

Such po­lice re­ports are used to cir­cu­late in­for­ma­tion on crimes and as alerts to look out for sus­pi­cious peo­ple or ve­hi­cles.

The re­port reads that af­ter the tourists’ driver picked them up‚ they were stopped on the M2 at Cleve­land off-ramp by men driv­ing a white Nis­san Almera.

The re­port states that one of the men in the car showed the driver his po­lice ap­point­ment card and asked the driver for his li­cence.

An­other of the sus­pects‚ ac­cord­ing to the re­port‚ opened the car doors and or­dered the tourists to hand over all their money.

The re­port says an es­ti­mated R27 600 in euros and dol­lars was stolen from the tourists.

Po­lice were unavail­able for fur­ther com­ment at the time of pub­li­ca­tion.

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