Cable theft link: state asked to seize assets

2013-05-08 00:00

THE high court in Pietermaritzburg has been asked to forfeit to the state a bakkie, more than R30 000 cash and an electronic scale that were allegedly linked to stolen Telkom copper cable.

The cable was recovered when four men were arrested in Eston in 2011.

The application by the national director of public prosecutions was adjourned indefinitely yesterday.

KZN deputy director of public prosecutions Knorx Molelle said in court papers the assets in question were allegedly the proceeds of crime.

The bakkie is said to belong to one of the suspects, Craig Foley, who was allegedly found in possession of 112 kg of stolen copper cable which belongs to Telkom.

According to the court papers, Foley was seen by two security guards buying the cable from the four occupants of a white VW Golf who loaded bags containing the cable on to his bakkie.

Police allegedly recovered the cable, an electronic scale and R31 513, 70 from Foley’s pockets.

One suspect escaped but Foley and three others were arrested.

According to the court papers, Foley allegedly told an investigator that he was not a registered scrap dealer but that he sold the cable to staff at various scrap dealerships who “filtered” them in with legitimate scrap bundles so that their origin was concealed.

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