An Eskom employee and a scrap metal dealership owner have been arrested for alleged cable theft. The suspects are aged 31 and 37.
The two were arrested separately on April 16. They were nabbed by the Westenburg SAPS for theft of copper wires and possession of presumed stolen properties
“The police at about 12:20, acted on information about a suspect who just offloaded copper wires at a house in Extension 44, Greenside.
Upon their arrival at the said house, they found the owner of the house who owns a scrap metal and recycling company. Police searched the house and discovered copper cables hidden inside, with an estimated street value of over R100 000. He was arrested on the spot,” revealed Limpopo SAPS spokesman Col Moatshe Ngoepe.
The members followed up further information which led to the arrest of the suspect’s accomplice around Seshego policing area.
Preliminary investigations indicated that the suspect is an Eskom employee and had stolen and sold the cables.
The Provincial Commissioner Limpopo SAPS Lt Gen Nneke Ledwaba has commended the members for their swift response which led to the arrest of the suspects.
The two suspects appeared at Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on 20 April. They faced charges of theft of copper cables and Possession of presumed stolen properties.
Police investigations are still continuing in the matter.