KZN SAPS recover almost 700kgs of stolen copper

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Two suspected illegal scrapyards in Newlands East, KwaZulu-Natal were raided by the Economic Infrastructure Task team.

682kgs of copper and 15kgs of aluminium cables and lids were recovered

A joint operation with Prasa, Transnet and Telkom resulted in the raid. The South African Police Service (SAPS) said the two yards were found within sight of one another.

A combined 682 kilograms of stolen copper was recovered from both yards. The SAPS said that two scales and 15 kilograms of aluminium cables and lids were also recovered from the yards.

Three suspects were arrested and detained by SAPS

Three suspects were arrested. The suspects were aged between 23 and 51 years old. They have all been detained at the Newlands East SAPS station. The suspects were arrested for the possession of stolen property and tampering with infrastructure.

The District Commissioner in eThekwini Major General M.V Kheswa commended those who participated in the joint operation and stated that more arrests will follow.

“Well done to all partners involved. Arrests will continue until infrastructure in Ethekwini is no longer tampered with,”

said Kheswa. 

The SAPS have detained three suspects who were arrested in connection with the stolen copper. Photo: South African Police Service / Facebook

Three foreign nationals arrested for theft of copper worth R500k

In other news about copper theft, it was previously reported that After suspected stolen copper cables were recovered, three foreign nationals were apprehended. The copper cables were recovered at the foreign nationals’ company in Industria West Extension, Johannesburg.

Reports state that a number of police units in Gauteng raided the premises. The police units were joined by members of Johannesburg City Power and Eskom. The estimated value of the stolen copper cables is R500 000. Aluminium stacks worth around R200 000 were also recovered.

The suspects are allegedly linked to a syndicate. The syndicate is presumed to be part of the large-scale theft of copper. The copper is allegedly processed before it is exported to foreign countries. The three suspected copper thieves are expected to appear in court soon. They are also facing charges of attempting to bribe the police. Read the full story here.

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