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Police pull over suspicious bakkie only to find stolen batteries, trio arrested

Aug 3, 2018
Police pull over suspicious bakkie only to find stolen batteries, trio arrested

Kinkelbos police arrested three suspects in possession of goods stolen in the early hours of Friday. This followed after the police came across a suspicious vehicle without a number plate.

"Police members spotted a suspicious white Toyota Hilux bakkie with a missing back number plate on the N2 close to Colchester at about 07:00.

"After the vehicle was forced to pull over, five male suspects attempted to run away. Three were arrested close to the vehicle and two managed to evade arrest," police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge described.

He added that eight cellphone tower backup batteries were found as well as equipment used to break into the towers such as an angle grinder and crowbar.

"The SAPS Airwing helicopter and the SAPS K9 Unit were also utilised in an attempt to find the two suspects that ran into dense bushes, but they managed to evade arrest."

Captain Beetge said that the trio, aged 28, 37 and 40 years old, were arrested and will be charged for possession of stolen goods, damaging of infrastructure, and possession of housebreaking equipment.

They will be appearing before the Alexandria Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Motherwell SAPS Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie, applauded the arrests and added that; "We (SAPS) are following up all leads and will be making more arrests soon. Damaging of infrastructure is a very serious offence and perpetrators can face lengthy sentences when found guilty.

"Cellphone networks forms a vital part of our modern infrastructure and SAPS will continue to focus on criminals that aim to damage and disrupt it."

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