Four Pakistani nationals bust with stolen electronics

SEPTEMBER 22, 2015

Four Pakistan nationals, aged between 26 and 32 years old, who were allegedly buying and selling stolen cellphones and electronics in Mdantsane, East London, were busted on Friday and a lot of stolen goods confiscated.

According to Eastern Cape police, this intelligence-driven operation was carried out by different police units, including, crime intelligence, Mdantsane detectives, uniform, cyber unit, local criminal record centre members.

The three-month action, dubbed Operation Fiela, was aimed at closing down the market created by these suspects, for buying stolen cell phones.

The raid started at about 10am, the team carried out four search warrants simultaneously in four different cellphone shops in Highway, Mdantsane.

Recoveries and arrests were made in all four different addresses. At one shop, the police found the machine used to (Rica) the cellphones, two computers.

The suspects are due to appear in the Mdantsane Magistrates' Court soon on charges of receiving and possession of stolen goods.

Mdantsane Acting Cluster Commander, Brigadier Stanley Bennett commended all the members for an excellent job.

"This success will help us to address the market for selling the stolen electronics including cell phones. We are optimistic to get a very good conviction, because we have a very strong and solid case against the suspects,” he said.