Northern Cape police arrest three suspects for R50 000 copper theft


Over the weekend, officers based at the Hopetown Crime Prevention Unit, in the Northern Cape, arrested three suspects and confiscated stolen copper with an estimated value of R50 000.00.

“At approximately 10:00 police were called out to a scene on a farm near Hopetown where copper cables were stolen. Footprints were found and followed and the copper was found stashed in a veldt. Police did way-lay duties in the veldt, knowing that the thieves would return for the stolen goods,” the police said.

“Almost 12 hours of waiting and monitoring in the veldt, yielded some great success. The suspects returned at 21:30, the same evening, and police pounced on them after they put the nine rolls of copper in a get-away vehicle.”

The suspects’ VW Polo Vivo was also confiscated by the police as it was allegedly utilized in the commission of crime. The estimated value of the stolen copper is R50 000 00.

The three male suspects, aged between 33 and 41, will be appearing in the Hopetown Magistrates’ Court soon.

“Copper theft is a serious offence and these members truly went that extra mile to once again prove that the conventional policing methods, together with some patience, also bring forth great results,” said Hopetown Cluster Commander, Lt Col Ben Phete.