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News: Police dog ‘Max’ apprehend cable thieves: Port Elizabeth


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

PORT ELIZABETH - Quick response for police assistance resulted in the arrest of two alleged cable thieves in Bethelsdorp yesterday afternoon, 06 August 2019.

It is alleged that at about 16:30, PE K9 Unit received information from Nelson Mandela Bay security of an ongoing problem of cable theft in the metro for the past two weeks. Suspects stole cable to the value of R300 000 in Rensburg Street in Bethelsdorp. The area is surrounded by houses and dense bushes. An operation was planned with the SAPS Airwing being roped in to assist. Sergeant Adriaan Oosthuizen and his dog Max were in the police helicopter while his colleagues were combing the bushes on foot.

The suspects were busy digging a trench when they spotted the police helicopter and started to run. Sergeant Oosthuizen and Max were dropped off and immediately Max apprehended the first suspect. The second suspect was apprehended again by Max within minutes of the first arrest.

Both suspects aged 20 and 30 years old were detained for theft of cables and are expected to appear in court soon.


Colonel Priscilla Naidu
071 362 8726


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