Proceeds from copper cable theft forfeited

2015-10-23 09:45


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Pietermaritzburg - A Pietermaritzburg high court judge on Thursday granted an order forfeiting a Nissan bakkie, an electronic scale and R31 513 cash found to be the proceeds of illegal dealing in stolen copper cable.

The goods belonged to Craig Foley, who was arrested in Eston on August 11, 2011 and charged with buying stolen Telkom cables from a group of four men. According to court papers, Foley later told a special investigator from Telkom, Johan van den Berg, that he would “sell cables to staff at scrap dealerships who then filter in the cables with legitimate customer scrap bundles” so that their origin was concealed.

The arrest was made after members of Magma Security company received a tip-off that an illegal deal in suspected stolen copper was going to take place at Stoney Ridge Road at Eston.

NPA deputy director of public prosecutions Knorx Molelle, who applied for the forfeiture order, said a bag, later found to contain 112 kilograms of stolen Telkom cables, was loaded into Foley’s bakkie for transportation after he paid for it. Police also seized an electronic scale from the vehicle, and found the cash in Foley’s possession

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