Hawks: Midrand suspects believed to be blue light gang

Johannesburg - Two suspected robbers disguised as policemen were killed in a shoot-out in Midrand, the Hawks said on Wednesday.

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Three others, including a 35-year-old police constable, were arrested following a pursuit and shoot-out on Tuesday night, Captain Paul Ramaloko said.

"One of the Hawks' investigating officers narrowly escaped being shot in the face," he said.

Three of the suspects were dressed in police uniform, one in a police-issue bulletproof vest, and the other in civilian clothes. They were disguised as the province's K9 police unit.

"The gang is suspected of having been involved in several crimes disguised as police officers," Ramaloko said.

Blue light gang

"The men, who are believed to be the blue light gang, were accosted by the Hawks' team in Midrand. A chase ensued after the men were spotted driving in a cloned, marked police Chevrolet Cruze."

A shoot-out ensued and the chase ended in Midrand's Glen Austen area, along the Old Johannesburg Road and George Street.

The arrested constable was attached to the Olifantsfontein visible policing unit in Tembisa.

Four firearms were confiscated from the cloned police vehicle, including an R5 assault rifle, and two jamming devices.

The suspects were due to appear in the Midrand Magistrate's Court soon on charges of impersonating police officers, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, and possession of a suspected stolen vehicle.

Totch Totch 2014-09-03 01:16:45 PM
Keep up the good work.
James Herbst 2014-09-03 01:17:02 PM
Pft...they will more than likely "escape" from the court holding cell
Happy Makgeru 2014-09-03 01:26:38 PM
Good job by our good cops
Ewald van den Heever 2014-09-03 01:53:07 PM
Would be interesting to note if the R5 is also police issue, and whether it was actually issued to the constable arrested or one of the stash of police weapons that had gone missing. Anyway a big Thumbs up to the HAWKS unit, especially if this is the result of an effective investigation.
Lindokuhle Mhlongo 2014-09-03 01:56:15 PM
ijampile bo lova.
Jeremy Richard Schaffner 2014-09-03 02:01:17 PM
You know, it has got to the point now that people don't know whether to believe they were impersonating police officers or whether they were in fact police officers. We have seen it all and we are cynics now.
Bheki Dingiswayo 2014-09-03 02:02:53 PM
good work
Searcher SA 2014-09-03 02:15:41 PM
Well done to the Hawks !!
Shrian Ramsamuj 2014-09-03 02:16:31 PM
I wish all these bastards who were involved could be killed.
Nkululeko Tekniq Mathiela 2014-09-03 02:35:24 PM
Only the DPCI...whenever I read Hawks article...seem to be glad