Fake cop sparks major alert and leads Melbourne police on weekend manhunt

Matt Shrivell
The Nightly
Malvern East was the scene of a major police alert on the weekend.
Malvern East was the scene of a major police alert on the weekend. Credit: Google.

A ‘fake cop’ wearing stolen police uniforms and reportedly brandishing a gun led police on an incredible chase through Melbourne streets over the weekend before being arrested in a pub.

The man allegedly broke into a residence in Malvern East and stole police clothing including shirts and boots at about 3pm on Sunday.

He was disturbed during the robbery by an occupant returning home but then fled the scene on foot.

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Police later received reports of a man wearing a police uniform and holding what appeared to be a firearm on Warragul Road at about 11pm, then again on Castlebar Road shortly afterwards.

Uniform Police, Critical Incident Response Team officers, Air Wing and members of the Dog Squad searched the surrounding area but did not locate the man.

Officers were later called to a licensed premises on Dandenong Road in Oakleigh.

A man was allegedly in possession of police uniform items, including a belt with an imitation firearm in it and was immediately arrested.

Monash Crime Investigation Unit detectives have charged the 46-year-old man of no fixed address with multiple offences including Burglary, Theft (x2), Prohibited person possessing an imitation firearm, impersonating PSO, Possess controlled weapon.

He will appear at Moorabbin Magistrates’ Court later today.

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