JOHOR BARU: Johor police have arrested a 46-year-old man for possession of police paraphernalia and posing as a senior assistant commissioner.
The man not only kept photographs of himself wearing a police uniform in a wallet but also had three cards which identified himself as a former policeman.
In a raid on his house in Taman Seri Jaya last Wednesday, police found three wall portraits of the man clad in a police uniform with the rank of senior assistant commissioner and assistant commissioner.
He also has a Nissan X-Trial four-wheel drive with the police logo, and other items, including a pair of white gloves, blue beacon lights and T-baton.
State police chief Datuk Mokhtar Shariff said the man might be a fan of the police drama Gerak Khas and had an obsession for being in the police force, but it was an offence to pose as a police personnel, regardless of rank.
"The case is being investigated under Section 89 of the Police Act 1967 for possession, manufacturing, selling and supplying items given to policemen and wearing a police uniform without permission," he said yesterday.
Meanwhile, police are looking for a 16-year-old boy in connection with a snatch theft in Jalan Pendekar Taman Ungku Tun Aminah at 10.10pm last Wednesday.
Mokhtar said a police team in the area chased after two youths after they snatched a bag from a salesgirl.
They caught one of the youths, also aged 16, while the other escaped with her bag.
"We believe the two had been involved in at least 12 street crimes around the city. We hope the public can provide any information they have on the suspect who is still at large," he said.