Scrap dealer found with municipal property

2012-11-27 12:50

Johannesburg - A scrap metal dealer was arrested after aluminium overhead conductors belonging to the Tshwane municipality were found at his business premises in Pretoria Gardens, Gauteng police said on Tuesday.

The 45-year-old owner of A to Z Scrap Metals was arrested on Monday during an inspection of his business premises, located in Van der Hoff Road, said Captain Amos Msimango.

"Three types of conductors were seized after the owner failed to give account of the municipality's property," said Msimango.

About 1 600kg of conductors were recovered, estimated at a value of R9 000.

The man was expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court soon to face charges related to possession of suspected stolen property.

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2012-11-27 13:00

    Gee... surprise surprise... most, if not all these scrap metal dealers are corrupt!

      frank.kistler.31 - 2012-11-27 13:21

      Ja,it's mos lekke in the rainbow country lol....lekke corrupt...

  • donald.dougall.9 - 2012-11-27 13:24

    Well done! Keep up the good work!

  • MagdaKus - 2012-11-27 13:33

    The authorities should really come down on these guys so hard that they stop buying stolen stuff!!! The damage caused by thieves removing copper or aluminium etc is far, far more costly than what it is sold for, and in some instances poses deadly threat to others (when electrical installations or traffic lights or balustrades are vandalized that way).

  • noedig.greene - 2012-11-27 13:35

    Van der Hoff Road, Yoooo u can get anything there even your long lost car

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-27 15:00

      If you are in the area please stop there and see if you can find my mind. I lost it a while ago and maybe it is there. My ex wife threw her name away, maybe it is there too.

  • sarah.bouttell - 2012-11-27 13:36

    Good. The persons who buy the goods, are as guilty as the persons who steal the goods. The scrap value might be R9000 but, the cost to replace our stolen cables and infrastructure runs to hundreds of millions each year.

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-11-27 13:55

    These scrap dealers know full well they are buying stolen equipment from those savage criminals which btw is one of the main cause of power cuts, throw the book at that scum 25 to life

  • MallyGold - 2012-11-27 14:02

    Why haven't the authorities been doing these surprise checks years ago?

      Tebz001 - 2012-11-27 14:52

      They didn't know,lol

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-27 14:04

    If he is guilty, he must expect to be charged and jailed, time and again police, government and municipalities have warned people not to buy or take in the stolen goods. No patience or compassion any more.

  • lotus.river.5 - 2012-11-27 14:12

    Well done!this guys are drivong this copper and metal theft, arrestthem, or p bugs amd cameras on their property to catch their suppliers

  • john.m.mcdowall - 2012-11-27 14:25

    Rhe secondhand dealers and the so called "pawn shops" should also be given a bigger shakedown. Most of the stuff in their possession is also stolen

  • ian.robertreid - 2012-11-27 15:44

    Every scrap dealer in South Africa should be shaken down and checked regulary for aiding and abetting theft?

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