Battery theft gang nabbed

2015-07-22 10:11

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TRUCKING companies in Camperdown can now rest easy after a criminal syndicate stealing truck batteries in the area was taken down on Monday.

Members of the Combined Action Team (CAT) were recently tasked by Pietermaritzburg Cluster Commander Major-General Lucas Ngobeni to trace a gang responsible for a spate of thefts of truck batteries in Camperdown and Umlaas Road over the past six months.

After information was gathered, the gang of three men was traced to a Pietermaritzburg-based trucking company where they were allegedly trying to negotiate the sale of the stolen batteries, and were swiftly apprehended by CAT.

The gang is allegedly behind the thefts of “hundreds” of truck batteries, diesel and truck tyres.

According to CAT chief of operations Nobin Karien, the three men were allegedly running a battery theft syndicate that targeted mostly water tankers in the area.

The racket has been operating in Camperdown for the past six months where the thefts would occur, after which the stolen batteries would be transported to Pietermaritzburg and sold to small logistics companies.

The gang has been linked to five cases in Camperdown alone.

Karien said CAT members were tipped off by an informant who works at a trucking company in Pietermaritzburg.

When the informer notified the members that a deal for the stolen batteries was being conducted on Monday, CAT members cracked down the three alleged suspects in the yard of the company.

Denolan Eurchan (18), Siyabonga Mtinga (23) and Thulani Madlala (19) were arrested and appeared in the Pietermaritzburg high court yesterday.

They were remanded in custody after a brief appearance.

“The batteries are worth between R4 000 to R4 500 each,” Karien said, describing how the team found 10 batteries in the men’s possession.

The men were also allegedly connected to a string of cable thefts in the Camperdown area before they set their targets on the trucks.

According to Karien, when CAT raided one of the suspect’s premises on a small holding, the stolen cables were found on the property along with tyres and diesel.

According to Pietermaritzburg spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese, Ngobeni yesterday congratulated CAT on “a job well done”

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