Cops nab truck full of stolen batteries

2015-10-12 09:30
Police sighted the suspicious Toyota bakkie and upon investigation, they found 70 batteries used to power cell phone towers, which were stolen in Kokstad.

Police sighted the suspicious Toyota bakkie and upon investigation, they found 70 batteries used to power cell phone towers, which were stolen in Kokstad. (Supplied)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pietermaritzburg - Seventy valuable batteries found to have been stolen from Vodacom were recovered by police in Richmond at the weekend.

The batteries were worth around R200 000, police said.

Richmond police noticed a suspicious-looking Toyota Raider with a fully-laden bin covered in green plastic.

Police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese said on investigation it was established the vehicle was loaded with Vodacom batteries.

“Initially the driver, from Lusikisiki in Eastern Cape, indicated he had purchased the batteries locally, but later acknowledged they came from Kokstad.

“At this stage two passengers in the vehicles fled on foot.

“The driver indicated he would be delivering the load to a dealer in Pietermaritzburg,” he said.

The police contacted Vodacom who confirmed that that 70 of their batteries were stolen in the Kokstad area.

The batteries are from containers that provide electricity to cellphone towers.

“The arrested suspect (43-years-old), who has previous convictions, will be charged for possession of suspected stolen property and will appear in court tomorrow,” Ngobese said.

Cluster Commander Major General Lucas Ngobeni commended police for the successful operations and stressed the importance of partnership in the fight against crime.

Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.