Tswelopele scrapyard owner nabbed for suspicious copper cable

The copper cables the suspects had and which were duly confiscated by the Ivory Park SAPS.

Ivory Park SAPS have taken a local scrapyard owner and three of his employees into custody after copper cables worth more than R100 000 were found at his premises in Tswelopele.

According to the Ivory Park SAPS communications officer, Captain Bernard Matimulane, police acted on a tip-off and found the man’s employees busy working on the cables on February 23. When they were queried, they simply told the police that they had been hired by the man.

“To satisfy themselves the police called the owner who, upon arrival, claimed that the cables were part of rubble he had been called to clear. The police have it on good authority that the cables could not have been found under the circumstances as claimed by the driver. The four suspects, whose ages range from 18 to 39, have been charged with possession of copper and are expected to appear in the Tembisa Court Magistrate’s Court,” said Captain Matimulane.

The acting station commander of the Ivory Park SAPS, Colonel Baba Mpotoane, is grateful to the local community for their continuous tip-offs. “We strongly encourage all members of the community to report crime and criminal activity wherever they witness such, in order to bring people such as these to book,” said Colonel Mpotoane.

Malebo Tseke

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