Motorists have been warned to check the credentials of uniformed police and armed service personnel, who stop them at deserted spots, as an organized gang was robbing vehicle in the south and bartering them for arms from the LTTE in the north.
While cautioning motorists, DIG Crime Prevention, Jayantha Wickramaratne yesterday (11) said a number of policemen and members of the armed forces had been arrested recently in connection with such robberies.
During the past year, 118 vehicle robberies had been reported to the police and several of those vehicles had found their way to the Wanni where they were sold to the LTTE he said.
One of the most dangerous things that happened was the robber gangs had exchanged arms for robbed vehicles with the LTTE who gave 5 T 56 assault rifles for each vehicle, he said.
Police had arrested three sub-inspectors of police as well as a Major who had killed the driver of a vehicle he had rented and sold the in the North.
Wickramaratne said motorists should be extremely cautious to prevent such crimes as some of the gangs had used special keys to steal vehicles in car parks or other parking spaces.