South African Police Service on suspects in court for copper cable theft

Five (5) suspects between the ages of eighteen (18) and sixty-one (61) are expected to appear in Molteno Magistrate’s court on Monday, 6 March 2023. This follows their arrests on 3 March 2023 for charges for possession of suspected stolen goods and damage to essential infrastructure (copper cables).

Magnum security guards acted on information about the suspicious vehicle in the early hours of the morning on 2 March 2023. A Nissan bakkie was stopped and searched on intersection of Stormberg and Burgersdorp roads in Molteno wherein copper cables were found. The security guards could not get a satisfactory answer as to why the suspects were in possession of copper cables at that place and time.

The security guards escorted the vehicle with the cargo to Molteno police station where they were arrested on arrival. The matter was referred to the Queenstown based Serious Organised Crime Investigation team of the Hawks for a further probe.

The estimated street value of the cables confiscated is R350 000.The Nissan bakkie with an estimated cash value of R120 000 allegedly used as instrument in the commission of a crime was also confiscated.

Source: Government of South Africa

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