Petrol thieves nabbed

2011-04-18 00:00

THE idiom “caught with your hands in a cookie jar” could not be truer for two fuel thieves busted in Cato Ridge yesterday.

Achievers Security, a private security company in Cato Ridge, zeroed in on the unsuspecting pair who were caught with about R15 000 worth of fuel, all thanks to a vigilant Cato Ridge resident.

The resident, who did not want to be named fearing for his safety, said he is in the fuel business. So when he spotted a tanker big enough to carry 38 000 to 41 000 litres of fuel parked in a residential area, he became suspicious. Upon inspection, he found that the tanker was being emptied.

Achievers Security owner Kitesh Singh said the men were caught red-handed busy draining fuel from the tanker using heavy-duty pipes.

Singh said the fuel, which consisted of both diesel and petrol, was being sucked into about five 210 litre drums. There were also eight 25-litre containers standing by to receive fuel.

“According to neighbours, it is something that has been going on for a long time. For the past two months or so, this truck comes and parks outside the house and … it happens during the day and at night.”

The Witness understands that the driver of the truck, one of those arrested, works for a company called East Rand Bulk, which is Durban-based.

It is understood that he was coming back from a delivery in Gauteng. Apparently, clients can be cheated if they do not keep track of much fuel is being delivered. In such cases, a portion is held back and sold elsewhere.

While the two men arrested are foreign nationals, it is understood that the lease holder for the house where the fuel is stored is South African.

Colonel Jay Naicker confirmed that two men were arrested on charges of theft from a motor vehicle and will appear in court shortly.

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