On Tuesday afternoon, the Economic Infrastructure and Tracking Task Team (EITT) launched a daring operation in Newlands East in pursuit of suspected stolen copper cables. The team received a tip-off about a local scrapyard storing the valuable materials and wasted no time in investigating.
Upon arriving at the designated location, the police found two streetlights belonging to the EThekwini Municipality and a large quantity of copper cables. The estimated street value of the recovered property is a staggering R30,000-00.
Three suspects, aged 24, 41, and 53, were arrested on the spot for possession of suspected stolen property and tampering with essential infrastructure. They were due to appear in Durban Magistrates' Court the following day. The EITT's swift action and dedication to protecting the community's resources serves as a warning to those who think they can get away with stealing from the municipality.
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