Members of the Economic Infrastructure Task Team arrest copper thieves

WESTERN CAPE – Targeted operations by the Economic Infrastructure Task Team resulted in three arrests on Saturday, 14 January 2023. The members of the task team conducted a vehicle check point operation in 11th street Elsies River, searching for infrastructure related copper and implements. They searched a truck that was transporting aluminium plates worth R38 000-00 , accompanied by a sedan. The driver of the sedan told the police officers that the aluminium plates belong to his company and they were bought by a scrapyard in Elsies River. When he failed to produce proof of ownership, the matter was escalated to the trucking company where he is employed. The manager was shocked to learn that the items had been removed from the premises. Both suspects were arrested for possession of suspected stolen property. They will appear in the Goodwood Magistrate’s court today.

Meanwhile, another suspect was arrested with aluminium and copper cables worth R2 100-00. He was charged for being in possession of suspected stolen property read with Criminal Matters Amendment Act Section 3 for tamper or damage to infrastructure.

The suspect will also appear in the Goodwood Magistrate’s court today.

Source: South African Police Service

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