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PICS| Two Arrested Possession Of Stolen Copper Cables Worth R2.7 Million

Both suspects were brought before the Pinetown Magistrate's Court on Monday to face charges related to the possession of stolen property. The investigation into the matter is ongoing, and the authorities are working diligently to ensure that justice is served.

A recent compliance inspection operation conducted by the Economic Infrastructure Task Team (EITT) has led to the apprehension of two individuals in possession of stolen copper cables valued at R2.7 million.

The operation took place at a scrapyard located on Martin Drive in Queensmead on Monday, 5 January 2024.

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PICS|  Arrests Made In Possession Of Stolen Copper Cables Worth R2.7 Million -SurgeZirc SA
PICS| Arrests Made In Possession Of Stolen Copper Cables Worth R2.7 Million

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During the inspection, law enforcement officers noticed two vehicles parked outside the scrapyard. Upon further investigation, they discovered copper cables inside the vehicles. The cables were subsequently identified as belonging to Eskom, the national power utility.

The suspects, a 37-year-old individual and a 39-year-old individual, were unable to provide a satisfactory explanation for the origin of the cables, leading to their immediate arrest.

Further searches conducted within the scrapyard premises revealed additional copper cables, this time belonging to PRASA, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa. The recovery of these cables led to the arrest of the second suspect.

PICS|  Arrests Made In Possession Of Stolen Copper Cables Worth R2.7 Million -SurgeZirc SA
PICS| Arrests Made In Possession Of Stolen Copper Cables Worth R2.7 Million

Both suspects were brought before the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court on Monday to face charges related to the possession of stolen property. The investigation into the matter is ongoing, and the authorities are working diligently to ensure that justice is served.

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The successful outcome of this operation highlights the commitment of the EITT and law enforcement agencies in combating the theft of valuable infrastructure resources. Such theft not only poses a significant financial burden on public utilities but also disrupts essential services provided to the community.

PICS|  Arrests Made In Possession Of Stolen Copper Cables Worth R2.7 Million -SurgeZirc SA
PICS| Arrests Made In Possession Of Stolen Copper Cables Worth R2.7 Million

Efforts to prevent and address such criminal activities remain a priority for the authorities. The collaboration between law enforcement agencies, task forces, and the public is crucial in curbing the theft and illegal trade of valuable resources, ultimately safeguarding the nation’s economic infrastructure.

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Keitumetse Modise for SurgeZirc SA
Keitumetse Modise for SurgeZirc SA
Keitumetse Modise is a passionate and dedicated local news writer who brings the latest news and updates from your community straight to your doorstep. With years of experience in journalism, Keitumetse has established herself as a reliable source of information, covering a wide range of topics that matter to you.
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