R1.2 million in stolen cellphone tower batteries sees Vryheid SAPS arrest three thieves

R1.2 million in stolen cellphone tower batteries sees Vryheid SAPS arrest three thieves
"Creativity appears to be taking a dark turn with three wannabe thieves now awaiting trial for stealing cellphone tower batteries in the Vryheid area valued at an estimated R1.2million."

Creativity appears to be taking a dark turn with three wannabe thieves now awaiting trial for stealing cellphone tower batteries in the Vryheid area valued at an estimated R1.2million.

“Vryheid police received intelligence yesterday morning (2 May 2021) about a taxi that was transporting stolen cellphone tower batteries. An operation was put in place, and various role-players from the SAPS proceeded to Vryheid. The said vehicle was spotted travelling along R34, and it was intercepted,” explains Captain Gwala. This saw the tech-bandits being caught with a total of eight batteries and a few other items.

Dampening the day even further for the criminals, “Police also seized various housebreaking implements such as bolt cutters, crowbars, grinders, five-pound hammers and other items.” In other words, they were caught with not only the stolen goods but the very tools in which to remove the said items. 

Moreover, police established the batteries were taken from Nongoma earlier on the same day.

The three suspects were placed under arrest on charges of possession of the stolen property, as well as possession of house-breaking implements.

Concluding, Captain Nqobile Gwala explains the theft of cellphone tower batteries has a negative impact on telecommunications. With this in mind, she says, “Police officers in the province are always on alert to ensure that those involved are brought to book.”

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