Criminals continue to steal copper cables from infrastructure, PE

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Criminals continue to steal copper cables from infrastructure, PE
Criminals continue to steal copper cables from infrastructure, PE

The theft of copper cables is a concern as it has serious implications on our electricity and telecommunication infrastructure which ultimately impacts on service delivery.

Police in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro is constantly clamping down on offenders who violate the Criminals Matters Amendment Act, 2015. During the early hours of 11 September 2019 at about 04:45, PE K9 Unit were patrolling near the Baywest Boulevard when they noticed two males fiddling with a lamp pole.

When they noticed the police vehicle, one started walking away one while the other hid behind the pole still busy removing the wires. The members made a U-turn and stopped. They found the pole tampered with and that the copper wire was removed. On searching their back packs they found approximately 25 metres of copper wire, 3 trip strip switches, cutting implements, a knife, screwdriver and a torch.

Both were arrested and detained on charges in terms of the Criminal Matters Amendment Act. The suspects, aged 24 and 26 years old, are expected to appear in court on Thursday, 12 September 2019.

Mount Road Cluster Commander, Major General Thembisile Patekile has reiterated that it is important for both police officials and the community to be vigilant and arrest or report any perpetrators found to be violating this Act.

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