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Two suspects arrested, about 200kg copper cable recovered in Orkney
Wednesday 15 March 2017: Two suspects were arrested in Orkney in the North West on 6 March 2017 after they were found in possession of 173 kilograms of suspected stolen copper cable with an estimated value of about R11 000.
 
The two, a male and his female companion, were arrested after their vehicle was seen leaving a scrap metal dealer in Orkney.
 
“When our investigators stopped and searched the vehicle,” said Tebogo Rakau, Divisional Executive for Security at Eskom, “they found the boot of the car full of bundles of stripped copper cable. They also found a bolt cutter, hacksaw blades and a crowbar, which we believe were used to illegally obtain the cable.”
 
A case has been opened at the Orkney SAPS where all the evidence was handed in.
 
“Cable theft remains rife across the country. However, we have intensified our efforts in snuffing out this crime and remain resolute in our fight against all forms of electricity theft,” Rakau said.
 
 
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