Eight cellphone tower batteries valued at R1,2 million were recovered by police in Vryheid on Monday.
Police spokesperso Captain Nqobile Gwala said Vryheid police received information about a taxi that was transporting stolen cellphone tower batteries.
An operation was put in place and various role-players from the SAPS went to Vryheid. The vehicle was spotted travelling along the R34 and it was intercepted, she said. Aside from the batteries, police also seized various housebreaking implements such as bolt cutters, crowbars, grinders, five-pound hammers and other items.
The initial investigation conducted by the police at the scene revealed that the batteries were stolen at Nongoma earlier in the day. “The theft of cellphone tower batteries has a negative impact on telecommunications. Police officers in the province are always on alert to ensure that those involved are brought to book,” she said.
Gwala added that three people — aged between 20 and 40-years-old — were arrested on charges of being in possession of stolen property as well as being in possession of housebreaking implements. They are expected to appear in the Vryheid Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.