PETALING JAYA, Malaysia: Two bogus cops were so brazen that they even chastised approaching real policemen, claiming the latter were obstructing them from conducting their duty.
In the Dec 3 incident, acting on a victim's complaint, policemen found the two pretenders still loitering around PJS8 in Sungai Way after they tried to rob an Indonesian construction worker.
"When questioned, the bogus cops asked why they were being interrupted from conducting their duty. They even attempted to make some calls to their 'superiors'," said Petaling Jaya police chief Asst Comm Arjunaidi Mohamed.
The policemen didn't fall for the act and arrested the duo after they failed to produce their police identification cards.
The suspects would pose as non-uniformed officers and usually targeted foreigners, including illegal foreign workers.
The men, aged 27 and 32, from Kepong and Puchong, cruised for victims in a car.
"They would ask to see their victim's identification document or passport. When the victim took out his wallet or bag, the suspects would say they wanted to inspect it too, before speeding off with the valuables," said ACP Arjunaidi.
He added at least 20 cases were reported within three months.
ACP Arjunaidi said police recovered RM1,153 in cash, drugs, three bags and six handphones from the two.
He said two other men who posed as cops were arrested two weeks ago but both groups were not connected. The police chief warned the public that there were still several more groups posing as cops.
He advised the public to ask for police identification cards when approached by persons claiming to be men in blue.
"If the person fails to produce this, ignore him but in case you feel threatened, immediately call the police hotline," he said.
In an unrelated matter, police have busted a group which robbed cyber cafes in Damansara, Sea Park and Sungai Buloh area.
Three men in their 20's were arrested on Friday and have been remanded for a week.
ACP Arjunaidi said with their arrest, police believe they have solved 15 of such related cases