23 blue light robbers already arrested

The police are currently investigating at least 12 cases and 23 alleged blue light robbers who have been involved in robberies on motorists in Gauteng and North West.

Provincial spokesperson, Brigadier Brenda Muridili said an integrated multidisciplinary team was established to investigate the robberies where criminals pose as law enforcement officers. She said police in Gauteng were working with police in North West and other provinces to address these crimes.

“The team consists of crime intelligence, visible policing, tracking and security companies, as well as vehicle crime investigation units.” She said the police have identified hotspot areas.

She said motorists usually obey when they are told to pull of by a vehicle with blue lights. The impersonators are usually dressed in police or metro police uniforms and the motorists are robbed at gunpoint, or held hostage until money has been withdrawn from ATMs.

Muridili said motorists are advised to drive to the nearest police station of public place like a fuel station if blue lights are flashed at them, especially at night. “If possible, motorists should take photos of the registration number of the vehicle. Members of the public are urged to report suspicious vehicles and behaviour on the roads.”