Cellphone tower suspects caught in Greytown

2020-03-04 06:03
PHOTO: Supplied Some of the implements there recovered by the police from the suspects.

PHOTO: Supplied Some of the implements there recovered by the police from the suspects.

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THREE suspects were arrested at Aherns BTS Site in Greytown on Sunday night after they were caught with the stolen cellphone tower batteries.

The SAPS Greytown and Field Security were involved in the response and arrested the suspects.

MTN spokesperson Mthokozisi Ndlovu said: “We have not been given yet how many batteries were recovered. However, I can confirm we had a previous break-in on February 12 and we were able to recover the camera equipment stolen in the previous incident. SAPS Greytown will be able to provide details.”

According to Ndlovu, cellphone tower batteries affect many provinces in the country.

The cellphone towers are fitted with battery back-up systems to ensure that there is enough power on site to run the system for several hours when local power goes out and the mains go down. Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said: “Three suspects aged between 27 and 36 were arrested for tampering with essential infrastructure at a site in Greytown. The arrest came after cellphone battery towers were stolen last month and on March 1.”

MTN said in a statement that with power outages on the rise, these back-up systems become imperative to keeping South Africa connected to the MTN network. Each battery can cost R28 000 and upwards. The suspects are expected to appear at he Greytown Magistrate’s court soon.

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