Dandenong armed robbery squad hunts police impersonators

By Cameron Lucadou-Wells

POLICE are hunting a pair of police impersonators who searched and robbed a man in Dandenong last week.

Police say the two offenders pulled the 28-year-old victim from his car parked in Scott Street about 7.45pm on March 5.

Claiming to be plain-clothes police officers, one of the robbers frisk-searched the victim and the other searched his car.

‘‘When the victim asked for formal identification, one of the impersonators punched him in the face before stealing his wallet and mobile phone,’’ Detective Sergeant Trevor Smith from Dandenong police’s armed robbery taskforce said.

Detective Sergeant Smith warned people to be wary of purported plain-clothes police.

‘‘If you’re approached by plain clothes police, they will always produce their ID.’’

Any information to Crime Stoppers on 1300 333 000.