Prague taxi driver uses fake police badge to rob foreigner in his hotel room

Real police caught two fake policemen suspected of robbing a foreigner

Raymond Johnston

Written by Raymond Johnston Published on 23.08.2019 09:09:47 (updated on 23.08.2019) Reading time: 2 minutes

Real police officers from Prague detained two fake police officers suspected of robbing a guest of approximately 2,000 euros at a hotel in Rybalkova Street in Prague 10. The name of the hotel was not disclosed.

The victim, identified only as a foreigner, called the police emergency line to report that two men had arrived in his room shortly after midnight. One of the robbers had a “Europolice Federation” badge and ID, and on the pretext of a police inspection told the victim to put everything he had on the bed.

The victim complied,
and after the robbers left the room, the victim found much of his
cash was gone.

The police officers
began to investigate the case and found that one of the suspicious
men was still in the hotel and detained him. The police got a
description of the accomplice and information that he was likely on
Wenceslas Square. There, the police followed him and detained him
with the stolen cash.

“One of the
detainees was a taxi driver, who drove the victim to the hotel in the
evening and noticed that he was carrying a large amount of money.
Therefore, the driver agreed with his accomplice to stage a police
check with the intention of robbing the foreigner,” Municipal
Police spokeswoman Violeta Siřišťová said.

fake police
The fake badge and stolen money. via Municipal Police

The arrested pair,
aged, 25 and 28, ended up in a police station on suspicion of fraud,
for which they face up to two years in prison if convicted. The money
that the foreigner lost was returned to him. The case happened at
night from Friday to Saturday, August 16–17.

Siřišťová added
that you can identify a police officer in civilian clothes by a
service badge with an identification number, a service card that
contains the photo of the police officer, and the verbal statement
“police.” Undercover officers, for obvious reasons, are exempt
form having to identify themselves.

Prague taxi drivers have long had a bad reputation for overcharging, especially for newly arrived tourists who are not familiar with the currency or exchange rates. Earlier this summer, one charged a record 7,500 CZK for a 400 CZK trip, which is possibly a record.

But returning to the
hotel where a passenger was dropped off and robbing them with a fake
badge seems to be new turn of events.

Last year, the city
of Prague carried out a total of 844 taxi inspections, and found
instances of overcharging in 30 of them. The average amount of
overcharging was 398 CZK.

The city issued 39
fines last year to local taxi drivers for overcharging. The average
fine was for 62,000 CZK, adding up to a total of 2.5 million CZK.

To remove some of the incentive to cheat, taxi rates are likely to go up, as drivers say the current rates do not cover expenses.

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