Pair in court as Hilton police nab bakkie with copper cables

2011-12-07 00:00

HILTON police made a breakthrough in their fight against cable theft when they arrested two men caught driving a bakkie full of Telkom copper cables.

The cables were allegedly removed in the area last week and police believe the suspects are part of a syndicate that has been operating in the area for months.

A Hilton resident, who asked not to be named, said, “We woke up on Friday morning and we realised that copper cables had been stolen on Hilton College Road near our property.”

He phoned the Hilton police to report the incident and were told that two suspects had already been arrested in connection with the cable theft.

“We have experienced a number of these incidents, so most of us in this neighbourhood are now using wireless radio phones to remain connected as a result of the prevalent cable theft.”

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said Roy Khoza (20) and Sihle Ndlovu (26) were arrested in Hilton after police patrolling the area spotted and searched a suspicious vehicle in the early hours of Friday.

“Subsequent investigations led police to the Tamboville area, where copper cable to the approximate value of R50 000 was recovered.”

The suspects appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday, said Jeevan.

Jeevan said the suspects are believed to be part of a gang targeting farming areas and the outskirts of Hilton.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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