Two suspects that were said to have been involved in criminal activity with false identity presenting themselves as Federal Police members
The Ethiopian Federal Police on Wednesday disclosed that it has arrested suspects who were allegedly involved in robbery disguised as special units of the Federal law enforcement units.
The two suspects are said to have used what was meant to be a counterfeit Federal Police I.D. but different from the existing I.D.., according to a police report.
The I.D.card they were carrying had pictures in Federal police uniforms and they were presenting themselves as a special unit within the Force. They take the money and mobile phones targeting mainly business areas in the Merkato area of the city.
A statement that police shared on its social media page said there is no special watchers designation within its force.
Unspecified amounts of cash and firearms that were used for the robbery are seized.
From police reports, there could be more arrests if the investigation that is said to be underway reveals the involvement of more suspects.
Police are treating it as an organised crime based on tips from the public.
The two suspects that are in custody used “Bayissa Gemechu” and “Merga Garuma” in the fraudulent I.D. that is used to carry out acts of robbery in the capital Addis Ababa.
Their real names are not disclosed in the statement that police shared on social media.
They were caught as they were carrying out crimes in the Yirga Haile locality of Mercato, according to Police.
The Federal Police encouraged the public to report similar criminal acts with the numbers : +251115-52-63-03፣ +251115-52-40-77፣ +251115-54-36-78 እና +251115-54-36-81.
It has also three toll-free numbers 987, 991, and 816.
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