Jamaica Gleaner – Days after the police force was rocked with the embarrassing revelation of having a fake cop on staff, news has emerged that three of its members robbed a customer at a Western Union office in Montego Bay on Saturday afternoon.
In relation to the first incident, twenty-three-year-old fake cop, Courtney Grayson, yesterday underwent gruelling questioning from the anti-corruption unit regarding how he successfully breached security at the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) over the last six months.
Grayson, who assigned himself to the Mount Salem Police Station during his approximately 182-day stint with the force, was arrested on March 8 and charged with impersonating a policeman and unlawful possession of property.
Grayson’s cover was blown after persons became suspicious of him and called the police who swooped down on him and subsequently found that he had been operating as a policeman for months.
In the latest incident, reports are that two men attached to the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) and a district constable held up a customer at gunpoint in the money-transfer store on Market Street. They escaped with hundreds of thousands of dollars, gun-butting the customer before leaving with the loot.
The robbery has been reportedly linked to the lottery scam, which has been blamed for Montego Bay’s crime surge.
Following investigations, the police reportedly set up a sting operation and the men were identified. However, only one was held. The other two escaped.
Their colleagues have since launched a manhunt for them. It is believed that they have been the masterminds behind several major robberies in the parish of St James.
Since the start of the year, five policemen in the parish have been placed behind bars for corruption-related incidents while several others are being investigated.
When The Gleaner sought to confirm the story on Sunday night, commander in charge of the ISCF in St James, Commander Leonard Mason, said he had “no knowledge of any Western Union being robbed by any of my men”.