Cable theft syndicate members arrested in Free State

News Desk
14 June 2017

Three men linked to a spate of cable theft incidents in the Free State since the start of the year have been arrested. The men were arrested after yet another cable theft incident in Kroonstad on June 4. They are suspected to be part of a group behind at least eight cases of cable theft that occurred in the towns of Kroonstad, Henneman, Allanridge and Heuningspruit between January and June.

After a break in energy transmission was detected in Gunhill in Kroonstad, Eskom investigators went to investigate. Investigations and witness tip-offs led to the arrest of the three suspects who were in possession of an Eskom roll of overhead copper conductor cable, equipment and tools thought to be used by the suspects to obtain the copper cable.

Two cellphones were also confiscated. “We will use the cellphone records and contact lists to find the rest of the members of this group,” said Tebogo Rakau, Divisional Executive, Security, Eskom.

To assist with information, members of the public can send their tip-offs via SMS to Crime Line on 32211. This is an anonymous service. Therefore, the identity of those providing information remains completely protected.

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