Trinidad: Fake police officers in attempted robbery

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Trinidad: Fake police officers in attempted robbery
An image captured from CCTV footage of men posing as police officers during an attempted robbery Tuesday.
An image captured from CCTV footage of men posing as police officers during an attempted robbery Tuesday.

(T&T GUARDIAN) – Senior police officers on Tuesday issued an alert to be on the lookout for three men dressed in police uniforms carrying out robberies in the Central Division.

This warning came on the heels of an incident on Tuesday at a TMall supermarket in Caroni where three men dressed in what looked like official police uniforms entered a Chinese supermarket at about 9 am.

Police said the men told the Chinese cashier to open a certain part of the establishment to “check on their books.”

Chinese workers, who were monitoring on the grocery’s surveillance system, became concerned and contacted the Caroni Police Station to verify the officers’ presence.

With no confirmation at the station and the Chinese nationals locked themselves in a room. The men, police said, left the grocery, located opposite the Frederick Settlement Business Park, and left in a while Nissan wagon.

Photographs of the three men were posted on WhatsApp Groups and Facebook on Tuesday.

Speaking with Guardian Media on Tuesday, a senior police officer advised citizens to be aware of their surroundings and urged them “to contact the nearest police station should they get suspicious, especially when people dressed in clothing resembling police and soldiers enter their homes and business places demanding things or giving instructions. Identifications and documents should be requested.”

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