Two in court for copper theft

2018-12-27 06:00

TWO men who were arrested for allegedly stealing copper appeared at the Verulam Magistrate’s court on Friday, December 14.

The suspects, aged 26 and 33, were arrested by the police on Thursday after they were caught with copper wires suspected to have been stolen from around the Tongaat area.

Police spokesperson in Tongaat Captain Patrick Ngwane said SAPS Tongaat Vispol members were performing their duties when they received information about two suspects burning copper cables at Masuliman Informal Settlement, Greylands area.

Ngwane said: “Members proceeded to the aforementioned place and parked the police vehicle about 300 m away and proceeded on foot. Upon arrival, the suspects were caught red-handed in the process of burning copper cables. When questioned about the copper cables, they failed to give a satisfactory explanation.”

Copper cables worth thousands of rands and cutting tools were recovered from the suspects.

“The suspects were then placed under arrest for theft of copper cables and detained at SAPS Tongaat Police cells,” Ngwane said.

Station commander Colonel Santha Moodley commended the members for their quick response and sterling work that led to the arrest of the two suspects.

Moodley applauded the information received from the community which led to the arrest of the suspects and the recovery of the stolen copper, saying: “This arrest will serve as a strong warning to perpetrators of crime.”

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