Thief no match for patrollers

2015-07-07 06:00
Members of the Kensington Street Committee stand with the cable thief lying between them. The thief was caught with the cables and gloves shortly after stealing cables in 17 Street.

Members of the Kensington Street Committee stand with the cable thief lying between them. The thief was caught with the cables and gloves shortly after stealing cables in 17 Street.

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Cable theft is a nationwide problem.

A lot of people are affected by it and not many of the perpetrators pay for what they do.

This is why residents of Kensington can’t stop singing the praises of the Kensington street committee members who caught one cable thief on Saturday morning.

While they were on patrol in 17th Street around 01:30 the electricity suddenly went off and the street and houses were thrown in darkness. In their quest to find out what happened they were told by council workers that cables had been stolen in that area. Those who were on patrol launched a manhunt to look for the suspect.

On the lookoutA resident told them he saw two men in their early thirties jump from a tree soon after the electricity went off. The patrollers searched for them close by. One suspect was no match for the patrollers and he was caught at the corner of Acre Road and 6th Avenue. The other suspect escaped and is still at large.

Mogamat Nordien, chairperson of the Kensington street committee, says the suspect didn’t stand a chance.

“When we were told that it just happened we knew that the suspects were still in the area. That’s when we dispatched a lot of people to be on the lookout. The man was cornered towards the station and he couldn’t escape. He had the cables, bag and gloves on him. I’m so glad that we were there at the right time so that the perpetrator was caught,” he says.

AchievementNordien says cable theft affects people in many different ways and it has been going on for sometime now – that’s why they are happy that someone was caught.

“We feel so great. A lot of people are affected and they struggle because of cable theft. We were right there on time. Houses are dark and mostly the elderly people struggle in the dark. We are glad that after so many years of this problem someone will get to pay for making people struggle. It’s a great achievement for us,” he says.

Unfortunately, the cables were already cut and residents of 17th Street were affected but they are glad at least one of the thieves has been caught.

A resident, Nadine Jacobs, says scrapyard owners must stop buying stolen cables. “These thieves know that there is a market out there for them; that’s why they keep stealing. If only people could work together and scrapyard owners, especially, stopped buying these cables we would be a step closer in fighting cable theft. It affects a lot of people and causes delays and inconveniences,” she says.

Police spokesperson David Stemmet confirms the incident. “A man was caught and he is facing charges of being in possession of stolen goods. The investigation is still continuing and he appeared in court on Monday (yesterday),” he says

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