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Man poses as a cop to steal from women

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A man who stole from women under the guise of a plainclothes policeman was arrested on Monday (April 27).

The 36-year-old man would approach his victims at isolated locations and identify himself as a police officer.

He would then flash an identification card with his photo and the police logo. While looking through the victims' belongings, he would steal their valuables.

In total, he made away with cash, jewellery and mobile phones amounting to more than $2,500.

The incidents took place at Sims Drive, Geylang East and Aljunied Crescent.

Since October last year, police had received several reports of a man acting as a plainclothes policeman and committing theft .

The authorities conducted extensive ground enquiries and managed to identify the perpetrator.

The man was arrested on Monday (April 27) near Merpati Road, off Aljunied Road.

He will be charged in court on Wednesday (April 29) with Personating as a Public Servant and theft.

Be wary of bogus cops

If he/she appears suspicious, ask for the Police Officer’s Warrant Card to verify his/her identity before complying with his/her instructions.

A genuine warrant card will have the Police crest, the photo of the officer, his name and NRIC number.

If you are still unsure of the person’s credibility, call 999 for assistance.

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