In a daring operation, the Northern Cape SAPS Provincial Organized Crime unit recently seized a massive copper bust worth around R3 million in the towns of Kimberley and Bloemhof.
On the evening of January 24th, the unit received a tip-off about stolen copper being transported in a Kombi on the N12 road. Acting swiftly, they teamed up with Bloemhof SAPS and Transnet Security (SESS) to intercept the vehicle, which was found to be carrying a whopping 2 tons of alleged Telkom copper cables.
Their investigations led them to a residential area in Kimberley, where they stormed a suspect's home and uncovered an additional 2.5 tons of copper cables, also believed to be Telkom property. Two men were arrested in connection with the crime.
The suspects, who are aged between 23 and 40 and hail from Gauteng and Malawi, were charged with tampering/destroying/damaging of essential infrastructure, possession of suspected stolen copper, and theft. They will soon be appearing in court.
The police also seized the Toyota Kombi and a white Isuzu bakkie that were allegedly used in the commission of the crime. Lt Gen Koliswa Otola, Provincial Commissioner for the Northern Cape, praised the efforts of the multi-disciplinary team for their successful bust.
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