Police radio eavesdropping: tow truck nabbed

2008-05-07 00:00

Two tow truck drivers in Ladysmith have been nabbed by police after they were observed responding to an accident as it was broadcast over police radios.

Police spokeswoman Captain Charmaine Struwig said the occupants were spotted acting suspiciously so police started watching them.

“They noticed that as soon as a radio message was broadcast over the police radio regarding a collision in a nearby road, the breakdown vehicle responded immediately. This made police even more suspicious and they stopped the breakdown vehicle in Newcastle Road, Ladysmith where they subsequently found the two occupants in possession of a radio device, which they had been using to monitor police activities.”

The device was confiscated by police. Although the two men were not arrested, an investigation is under way with regard to charging them with utilising illegal radio frequencies.

“As soon as the investigation is complete, the two men may still face a court of law. Police are also exploring avenues in which to prosecute the company owner for allowing the use of such devices by their employees,” said Struwig.

She added that anyone who was found in possession of a police radio or a radio monitoring device will be tracked down and prosecuted.

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