Brazen copper cable thieves hold up security guards at gunpoint

2014-06-11 00:00

COPPER thieves are getting so brazen that even the security guards being tasked with guarding the commodity are being held at gunpoint.

On Monday night, KSA Security guards were held up in an armed robbery at the corner of Petrea Avenue and Abelia Road, Cleland, where robbers ran away with approximately only 2,5 metres of copper cable.

KSA manager Emmanuel Fiphaza said Msunduzi Municipality’s electricity department was working on exposed cables and their guards who had been sent to look after the cable, were tied up with their own boot laces.

He said after the robbery, supervisors and armed reaction were dispatched to the site.

Fiphaza said the guards were interviewed and said that a white bakkie had fetched their assailants. “The municipal security officer also mentioned that a white bakkie had been seen around the Retief and Pietermaritz streets’ sub-station,” said Fiphaza.

He said the robbery was reported to the Alexandra police station, where a case of robbery of copper cable was opened.

“After the guards had given their statements to police, they were taken home because they were still traumatised. They were replaced by three guards who had to be called in after 1 am,” he said.

Municipal insiders said they could not rule out the possibility of sabotage against rival security companies.

Fiphaza said while he was resting from the earlier incident, he was called back to the same scene. This time around he was attending an incident where the three replacement guards were being arrested for malicious damage to property.

“They had allegedly decided to burn copper cable off-cuts, which would have been disposed of by the municipality, when the fire was dying out to keep themselves warm, but this was interpreted as a possible theft by other security guards contracted to the municipality,” he said.

“We will do everything in our power to help the police with their investigation because we do not condone this type of behaviour from our employees,” he said.

Police confirmed that three security guards were arrested and a case of malicious damage to property has been opened. A case of robbery and copper theft had also been opened.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said the municipality was working with the police to investigate the matter and will only comment once the investigation has been completed.


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