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Police warn public against conmen posing as security personnel

By Rana Husseini - Feb 09,2014 - Last updated at Feb 09,2014

AMMAN — Police on Sunday warned the public against individuals who pose as security personnel to rob people.

The warning follows the arrest of a “wanted and dangerous man who posed as a police officer and robbed people of their valuable belongings”, Public Security Department (PSD) Spokesperson Major Amer Sartawi told The Jordan Times.

The suspect is wanted for 50 criminal offences in addition to new charges that will be pressed against him for defrauding and robbing dozens of citizens of their cash and valuables, Sartawi said.

A search of his house, the police official added, uncovered some “of the goods that people complained were stolen from their homes and an undisclosed amount of cash”.

The suspect was ordered detained for 15 days at a correctional and rehabilitation centre pending further investigation.

PSD officials have repeatedly urged the public to be cautious, and ask to see a badge and identification card if they are approached by someone claiming to be a police officer.

If the individual refuses to show an identification card or a badge, people have the right to refuse any demand made by the individual, according to the police.

The police urged the public to immediately contact them on 911, and provide law enforcement officials with a description of the fraudsters and the make and colour of their vehicle, a PSD statement said.

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