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Police recover copper cables worth R100 000 in Laingsburg

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner of Western Cape

Efforts to eradicate copper cable theft which leads to the destruction of valuable railway infrastructure yielded yet again excellent results when six suspects were arrested. These arrests led to the recovery of copper cables with an estimated value of R100 000 during unrelated incidents.

Vigilant members attached to the Laingsburg police were on patrol on the N1 on Friday, 26 June 2020 at about 02:00 when they spotted a black Toyota Avanza, parked next to the road. Upon approaching the vehicle the driver informed them that the vehicle had mechanical problems. The members continued with their patrols and later returned to the same area when they discovered that the vehicle was moved. Later the members spotted the vehicle along the N1 where four men boarded the vehicle and sped off.

A chase ensued after which the members brought the vehicle to a halt just outside Laingsburg. Upon searching the vehicle the members found cutting equipment that led to the find of bundles of copper cables along railway line. Subsequently the driver and five occupants of the vehicle were arrested and they are facing charges relating to damaging of infrastructure as well cable theft.

They appeared in the Laingsburg Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 29 June 2020. The suspects, aged between 26 and 39 from De Doorns in the Western Cape, were remanded in custody and this matter was postponed to 06 July 2020 for bail information.

In an unrelated matter the Laingsburg police recovered copper cables with an estimated street value of R80 000 after security guards alerted police about a group loitering near the Vleifontein sub-station on Sunday, 28 June 2020 at about 13:00. Upon discovering the copper cable the suspects already fled the scene of crime. 

Investigation into this matter is at an early stage and we appeal to the public to come forward with any information that could assist the police to bring the perpetrators to book. Anyone with information is urged to contact the investigation officer, Sergeant Heinrich Grootboom, at the Laingsburg Detectives at 023 551 8040 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

The investigation in both cases continues.


Sergeant Christopher Spies
082 559 4616


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