18 held for road guard rails theft.

2014-06-02 00:00

EIGHTEEN suspects were arrested for theft of road guard rails in Hillcrest on Friday night.

Spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said they were arrested on Shongweni Road off the N3 and M13.

“The arrest came as government intensifies its clamp down on crime, fraud and corruption generally but specifically to eliminate factors contributing to road deaths,” he said.

He said a department’s area foreman caught the men in the act at about 9 pm, and alerted the Durban regional head.

“Hillcrest police and the department’s Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) members were immediately called to arrest the suspects, three South Africans and 15 foreign nationals. A case of theft was opened by the police,” he said.

Ncalane said the 18 wore safety jackets to create the impression they were road workers.

“A similar case was reported in Verulam last month, which indicates a growing trend of this type of crime, which is causing the loss of millions of rands worth of public property.”

Ncalane said the eight-ton truck they were using did not have number plates, but a temporary licence paper usually given to newly acquired vehicles.

He added that thepolice investigating officer was handling the case and that a court date for the suspects’ appearance had not yet been set.

— Witness Reporter.

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