Thieves impersonated cops and targeted tourists in Edinburgh
EDINBURGH, Scotland - A gang of thieves who allegedly pretended to be police officers and targeted tourists in Edinburgh city centre have been arrested.
EDINBURGH, Scotland – A gang of thieves who allegedly pretended to be police officers and targeted tourists in Edinburgh city centre have been arrested.
Police Scotland say there were 19 reported incidents in the capital of thefts committed by people impersonating police officers between April 30 and May 23.
On each occasion, the suspects claimed to be police officers in order to search visitors’ bags.
Investigating officers yesterday seized over £5,000 worth of foreign currency and a large amount of designer clothing following a search of a property in Murdoch Terrace.
One 26-year-old female and six males aged between 25 and 44 were subsequently arrested and held in custody. They will appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court at a later date.
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Houston said: “It is imperative that people visiting Edinburgh can do so without fear of such criminal acts occurring and the police actions that led to the arrest of this group of individuals is a significant breakthrough.
“We would like to thank members of the public for their help and continued support.”