Copper thieves nabbed by K9 unit

2014-06-12 00:00

AS they were trying to dispose of their loot of allegedly stolen copper, five suspects aged between 19 and 25 were nabbed by members of the Newcastle K9 Unit yesterday.

According to police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker, about 80 kg of copper, with a street value of about R50 000, was confiscated in three bags.

He said police patrolling the area caught them in the act before they could get rid of the stolen copper.

He said the suspects were then charged for theft of copper and are expected to appear in the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court tomorrow.

The provincial commissioner of KwaZulu-Natal, Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, commended the police for the swift arrest of the suspects. “The theft of cables in this province is a problem that is being dealt with through a joint partnership between various role-players,” she said. — Witness Reporter.

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