Search continues for fake cop

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man suspected of posing as 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 June 19, 2018, at a supermarket in Frederick Settlement, Caroni.

The Police Service said yesterday that Santana, along with two other suspects, one of whom has since appeared in court, 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 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 June 26. The matter was adjourned to July 30.

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 following a robbery of a feed depot along San Pedro Road, Rio Claro, on May, 28, 2018. he was charged by PC Rakesh Abraham of the Rio Claro CID.

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

The proprietor and his brother were tied up and robbed 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 June 1

He is due to reappearing court on August 8.