Copper cables found in Bishopstowe

2012-02-25 00:00

A STASH of burnt copper cables was found by the police at a plantation at Bishopstowe yesterday morning.

Bishopstowe station commander Captain Obert Phakathi said they were working on information they received and followed up on it.

Phakathi also added that the copper wires were not stolen in the Bishopstowe area, but were taken in another area.

“We caught them at about 4 am and they were burning the stash.

“They have been cutting the copper elsewhere because there are no copper wires here in Bishopstowe.

“Even we the police rely on a satellite to get our calls,” he said.

One suspect was arrested and will be appearing in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Phakathi also said they recovered a white Ford Bantam that was stolen in Mountain Rise earlier this year.

A bag with clothes and bolt cutters were also recovered at the scene.

There was further evidence that the group worked as a syndicate because there was aluminium foil, rubber insulation as well as many other spots where the group was suspected of burning copper wires.

The earth where the copper cable was burnt was still smouldering and pockets of earth where the copper was burnt were covered in plastic.

Phakathi said they had not yet measured the copper, but estimated that it sold for at least R48 per kilogram

“They have been burning in different spots each time and I’m worried because of the burning of the grass and the trees, this area is going to become ripe for veld fires during winter,” he said.

Bishopstowe resident Vaughn Couzens said he was happy that police had finally taken action because the suspects were having a free rein to commit their criminal activity.

“There were times where I could smell the burning plastic and rubber at night. I was once driving up this road and I saw a pile of cable lying on the road,” Couzens said.

• khanyiso.tswaku@sa.24.com

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