Police issue alert on fake police car robbers

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Police in Cathcart are warning the public about a car theft sting in which men claiming to be police are stealing vehicles advertised for sale.

The criminals are equipped with police gear, including handcuffs, to make them seem authentic.

Victims trying to sell cars on Gumtree were contacted by supposed interested buyers who then arranged to meet them.

In two separate cases this week, one on the south side, two men claiming to be plain clothes officers then arrived and stole the car they were supposed be going to view.

The first man is described as mid to late 20’s, 5ft 8ins, medium to stocky build, with a pale complexion and short dark brown hair.

He was last seen wearing G Star jeans and a dark waterproof jacket.

The second man is described as around 6ft, slim build, with a pale complexion and short red hair.

He was last seen wearing black Nike trousers.

Detective Sergeant Mike Leyton from Cathcart CID said: “There have been a number of incidents of this nature reported to police and it is important that people are vigilant when selling vehicles or other items online.

“Please be on your guard and ensure any interested buyers are genuine before arranging to meet anyone.

“If you have any concerns or information of this nature you can contact your local police via 101 for assistance.”

A spokesman for Gumtree told The Extra: “Gumtree is committed to tackling scams and educating people about how to avoid them. We recommend that people using our site to sell vehicles meet during the day in a public place and take a friend or relative along if possible. If you have any doubts about a potential buyer, walk away and seek our advice before deciding to go through with the sale.

“Our dedicated advice page on how to spot a scam can be found on our website and we encourage anyone that thinks they may have come across a scam to report it to us immediately. Our dedicated safety team can investigate and take action such as blocking the offender from the site and aid the police in their investigation. We are constantly working closely with the police and other authorities to ensure all our users have as safe an experience as possible.”