Gauteng police pounced on police impersonators parked at a police station in Tsakane and ended up rescuing a kidnapping victim in the process.
The police where investigating a suspicious vehicle parked at the police station, when they made the arrests on Friday.
Police said that when they approached the vehicle, they found five occupants, one of whom was later confirmed to have been kidnapped and robbed of cash earlier.
Four suspects were taken into custody and two firearms – one of which was unlicensed – were seized by police. A police appointment card and other SAPS-issued items, including handcuffs and a blue light, were also seized.
“It was also revealed that the suspects were at that stage allegedly demanding thousands of rand from the family of the kidnapped victim in exchange for his safe return,” police added.