A municipal employee and four other men have been arrested for alleged cable theft after police pulled over his vehicle which was loaded with uncut cable on Tuesday.

SAPS regional spokesperson, Brigadier Motantshi Makhele said that members of the Mangaung Metro DOCC Crime Combating Unit had arrested the five suspects who they found to be possession of cable suspected to be stolen during the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Makhele said that police officers had been patrolling the R702 when they spotted the five suspects.

“According to the report, members were patrolling the R702 when they spotted a white NP 200 Nissan bakkie heavily loaded with people sitting at the back on top of a cargo headed towards Bloemfontein,” Makhele said.

“The police turned around and followed the suspicious vehicle and stopped it near Mangaung Maximum Prison entrance. They immediately noticed that the vehicle belonged to Mangaung Metro Municipality when they approached it,” he said.

Makhele said that the police officers introduced themselves to the driver and asked for his permission to check the heavy cargo on the back of the vehicle. 

“A stack of rolled uncut cable with other small pieces was discovered at the back of the bakkie. The driver identified himself as an employee of Mangaung Metro Municipality,” he said.

Makhele said the arrested the municipal employee and four other suspects for being in possession of presumably stolen cables.

He said the police later identified the cable as the property of a local telecommunications company, valued at approximately R7 000.00. 

The five suspects are expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 14 October 2021. 

Meanwhile in a separate incident on Tuesday Nalsig police officers arrested four suspects and recovered 15 laptops that they had stolen from a local school. The suspects are expected to appear in the  Bloemfontein Magistrate Court to face charges of business burglary and possession of suspected stolen property. 

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