Cable thieves arrested in Hilton

2017-08-23 06:01

TWO men were arrested near Hilton last Wednesday on charges related to copper theft.

The arrests took place after a member of
Eskom’s investigation team noticed a disturbance at a nearby farm fence and kept an eye on the scene.

That night the Eskom investigator and his team saw four men climbing over the fence.

Upon searching the area the team discovered that a 200 metre overhead copper conductor had been cut and stolen opposite St Joseph School on a farm in Cedara.

While waiting for the investigation team, who had gone to the farm where they suspected the theft occurred, the four men were seen between the Eskom towers rolling and carrying material.

The suspects later placed the rolls of cable outside the farm, in the bush near the R103 for pick up. The suspects then went in the direction of the Eskom investigation team enabling the team to apprehend one of the four suspects.

The Eskom team gave chase and caught a second suspect near the Cedara train station. The two suspects were handed over to the Hilton SAPS.

The stolen material and two backpacks containing clothes, two hacksaw blades, three pairs of gloves, and wire were also handed over to the SAPS and a case of damage to essential infrastructure was opened.

Eskom, state entities and municipalities is plagued by infrastructure theft, including cable theft, with the value of material stolen remaining a serious concern, as it is indicative of organised, syndicate-driven criminal activity.

- Supplied.

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