From The Star 18 Sep 2009:
Seven more bogus cops held
By FARIK ZOLKEPLI
JOHOR BARU: Seven gang robbers, who posed as policemen and went on a four-day robbing spree have been caught in a police operation.
The police are also now probing where the suspects obtained uniforms which looked authentic to the untrained eye.
A special task force comprising the Johor Baru (North and South) and Seri Alam police was formed after the thugs, dressed in police uniforms and vests, went on a 21-robbery spree from Sept 13 to 16.
Acting on a tip-off, the task force raided a house in Kampung Melayu Pandan and arrested four gang members on Wednesday afternoon.
Follow-up operations three hours later led police to three other suspects at a flat in Taman Bukit Mutiara.
Johor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said police seized a senior policeman’s uniform, a black police jacket and several police vests along with several parang, knives, axes, mobile phones and four stolen cars.
“The suspects aged between 18 and 28 were responsible for robberies involving about RM500,000 in four days.
“They often target victims in Johor Baru and Seri Alam between 5.30am and 10am,” he told a press conference yesterday.
He also said that only a handful of outlets were permitted to supply police uniforms.
“We will not hesitate to take action if one of the suppliers was involved,” he said, adding that police are still looking for three more gang members.
DCP Mohd Mokhtar assured the public that those involved in the robberies were not policemen.
“The public is advised to insist on seeing the authority cards of people claiming to be policemen,” he said.
On another matter, DCP Mohd Mokhtar announced that 703 foreign women who worked as prostitutes had been arrested so far.
“We have raided nine entertainment outlets numerous times this year,” he said, adding that the crime rate had been reduced by 8.76% between January and September compared to the same period last year.