Search continues for fake police officer

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man suspected of impersonating a police officer in the Caroni district.

Roderick Santana, 30, of Bon Air Gardens, Arouca, was identified via CCTV footage, as one of three men allegedly involved in an incident which took place on Tuesday 19th June, 2018, at a supermarket in Frederick Settlement, Lapaille Village, Caroni.

Santana along with two other suspects, one of whom has since appeared before a Magistrate, are alleged to have impersonated officers attached to the St. Joseph Police Station and attempted to conduct a liquor license inspection.

The owner of the supermarket became suspicious and called the police, causing the men to flee the premises escaping in a white station wagon bearing a false number plate.

Dereck Steele, 28, of Spring Village, Valsayn, was arrested the following day, on Wednesday 20th June, 2018, in connection with the incident and later charged by PC Sudesh Jaikaran of the Caroni Police Station.

Steele was remanded into custody when he appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate on Tuesday 26th June, 2018.

The matter was postponed to Monday 30th July, 2018.

The third suspect has not yet been identified. In a separate incident, Kerron Brooks, 24 of Charles Street, Gasparillo, was charged with two counts of robbery with violence as well as impersonating a police officer by PC Rakesh Abraham of the Rio Claro Criminal Investigations Department, following a robbery of a feed depot along San Pedro Road, Rio Claro, on Monday 28th May, 2018.

During that incident, three armed men, dressed in clothing resembling that of the police, entered the feed depot and announced a robbery.

The proprietor and his brother were tied up and robbed of a quantity of cash and a cellular phone.

The men escaped in a black Hyundai Tucson motor vehicle. Brooks was granted $75,000 bail with surety when he appeared before a Rio Claro Magistrate on Friday 1st June, 2018.

He is due to reappear before a Rio Claro Magistrate on Wednesday 8th August, 2018.


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