Tourists robbed by fake officers
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.