Cellphone tower batteries worth R1.2 million recovered

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Polie in KwaZulu-Natal arrested three suspects between the ages of 20 and 40, on charges of stolen cellphone tower batteries worth street value of R1.2 million. The theft of cellphone tower batteries has a negative impact on telecommunication.

Captain Nqobile Gwala said Police officers in the province are always on alert to ensure that those involved in such dealings are brought to book.

Gwala said Vryheid police received a tip-off on Sunday, 02 May 2021 about a taxi that was transporting stolen cellphone tower batteries.

“An operation was put in place and the said vehicle was spotted travelling along R34 and it was stopped.Upon searching the vehicle, a total of eight cellphone tower batteries were recovered.”

Gwala added that the Police also seized various house- breaking implements such as bolt cutters, crowbars, grinders, five-pound hammers and other items. The initial investigation conducted by the police at the scene revealed that the batteries were stolen at Nongoma earlier on the same day.

The suspects are expected to appear before the Vryheid Magistrates Court on Monday.

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