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East London cable thieves nabbed in the act

Oct 11, 2018
East London cable thieves nabbed in the act

Five alleged cable thieves, aged between 25 and 56 years of age, are expected in court after they were busted by East London following a lengthy operation.

"Cable theft, resulting in damages to the railway and powerline infrastructure, are serious crimes which detrimentally affects our public transport system and electrical supply," said police spokesperson Captain Mluleki Mbi .

"For the past few weeks, the SAPS and Buffalo City Metro Municipality Metro have been monitoring a group of cable thieves, who have been operating in and around Amalinda and Cambridge area in East London."

Cable thieves dug a trench about 2km long

"The unsuspecting culprits were digging a trench of about two kilometers and had removed a huge chunk of cables when members of the K9 Unit pounced on them whilst in the act," Capt Mbi said.

"The five suspects were arrested and the bakkie, which was used to load the cables was confiscated by police as well as 79kg of copper cables and over 154 kg of lead cables, three spades, one pik and an axe."

They are expected to appear before the East London Magistrate’s Court soon facing charges of tampering with essential infrastructure, possession of stolen property and bribery.

“This arrest is a clear indication that the SAPS is determined in rooting out criminal elements to ensure that our communities are living a decent life, free of disruptions,” said Cambridge station commander, Brigadier Pumla Mdlankomo.

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