Fake police steal man’s Range Rover at gunpoint in Bromley
PUBLISHED: 09:38 19 February 2020 | UPDATED: 09:38 19 February 2020
The search is on for two fake police officers who threatened a man with a firearm before stealing his luxury car.
The 60-year-old came to a stop in his black Range Rover when he mistakenly believed an unmarked police car on blue lights had indicated for him to pull over in Upper Beulah Hill, Bromley at around 8.40pm on Monday, February 17.
The victim got out of the car after one of the suspects introduced himself as a police officer and presented a false warrant card.
The suspect then requested that the victim speak with his "colleague" in their car.
When the victim approached the vehicle, the man in the driver's seat pointed a firearm at him.
The first suspect drove off in the victim's Range Rover, followed by the fake police car. Both vehicles headed in the direction of Upper Beulah Hill.
Det Con Joanne Austin from the Met's South Area Command Unit said: "This was a frightening experience for the victim, who pulled over in good faith believing he was assisting police.
"The suspect's car is described as dark coloured, and is possibly a Vauxhall Astra.
"A blue flashing light was used to give the 'police car' an air of authenticity and the men confidently pretended to be police officers. This was a pre-planned and sinisterly well-executed offence and we need to locate these offenders as soon as possible.
"We have the description of one of the suspects, who is thought to be white, aged between 25 and 30 and around 5ft 10ins tall. He is of slim build, clean shaven and was wearing a black hooded top, with the hood worn off his head. He also spoke with a local, south east London accent."
Officers who make stops while not in uniform will make their identity clear.
Anyone approached by a plain clothed police officer should feel comfortable speaking to them, and members of the public can always ask to check officers' ID closely. They should have this on them at all times.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting CAD7781/17Feb20 or stay anonymous by contacting the charity Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111/crimestoppers-uk.org