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Police apprehend suspects for stealing copper cables, others for livestock

Police have arrested six suspects in unrelated crimes following a crackdown on two different areas in Lephalale.

Limpopo Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo confirmed police arrested three suspects who were found in possession of copper cables stolen from Eskom’s Villa Nora electricity substation, along R518 near Shongwane 1.

Mojapelo said the suspects, aged 25 to 31, were transporting stolen cables in a white Isuzu bakkie when they were intercepted by police at Mahlakung informal settlement near the Lephalale industrial area.

“Eskom personnel identified the stolen copper estimated at R55,200.00 as theirs,” Brigadier Mojapelo said.

In another crime-busting operation, three more suspects were arrested for allegedly stealing live stock from a Belgian farm in Tomburke, near the Groblersbrug-Botswana border post.

Mojapelo said the arrest was made by Lephalale Crime Intelligence, K9, Limpopo Security Intelligence, Lephalale stock theft unit, and Senyakanyaka Security company.

“The suspects stole five sheep valued at R5000.00 from the Belgium farm. Four of them were slaughtered and one was traded for a hunting dog and later recovered at Abbortspoort near Villanora, “added Mojapelo.

Police conducted ongoing joint operations throughout Limpopo from August 9 to 16, 2021, resulting in the arrest of over 1000 criminals, including cable and cattle thieves.

Limpopo Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, has praised all operatives for being unwavering in their commitment to protecting the province against crime.

Some of the suspects, according to Mojapelo, have already begun appearing in various magistrate’s courts across the province.

The operations are continuing.

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