Copper pipe theft on the rise

A SPATE of reports of theft of copper pipes in Greytown has prompted residents to call on the police to intensify visibility in the affected areas.

In a recent incident, unknown suspects intruded into a home in Acacia Street and removed copper pipes. Another home was broken into on upper York Street at about 3 pm on October 16.

A resident in York Street said copper pipes have been stolen from her home on numerous occasions.

Vusi Ngubane, an officer from Be-Secure Security, said officers from B-Secure apprehended two suspects who tried to gain entry to a home in Laatz Street.

“They [the suspects] could not gain access into the house. A painter was working inside. He saw the suspects trying to jump in and approached them. The suspects ran on foot onto Laatz Street. Our officers who were patrolling in the area spotted the suspects fleeing on foot and gave chase. The officers apprehended them.

“The suspects were found to be in a possession of a copper pipe. They were handed over to the SAPS and they are due to appear in court soon,” Ngubane said.

Ngubane said recent investigations revealed that the suspects sell the copper pipes to scrapyards.

“We have made enquiries to the nearby scrapyards but could not find anything,” he said.

Residents also claimed that their dogs were poisoned prior to the theft of the copper.

“Such incidents are rare, but we can confirm that there were cases where the dogs were poisoned,” Ngubane added.

Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said: “We can confirm that a case of theft was opened at Greytown police station after copper pipes were allegedly stolen by unknown people at Acacia Street, Greytown on October 18.”

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