A search is underway for two suspects who threatened a man with a firearm before stealing his luxury car.
The 60-year-old victim 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.
He had been driving along Upper Beulah Hill, SE19 at around 8.40pm on Monday, 17 February when the incident took place.
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.
At this point, the first suspect drove off in the victim’s Range Rover, and the suspects’ vehicle also left the scene. Both vehicles headed in the direction of Upper Beulah Hill.
At this stage, it is being treated as an isolated incident.
Detective Constable Joanne Austin from the Met’s South Area Command Unit investigates. She 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 5ft10ins to 5ft11ins 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