Three arrested for cable theft

Copper cable recovered by Rondebosch police.

Police arrested three men for cable theft and two for the possession of dangerous weapons and vehicle breaking implements in Rondebosch last weekend.

Provincial police spokesman Captain Hein Hendricks said the three men, aged between 18 and 38, were arrested on Saturday January 5 for being in possession of two hacksaws and copper cables.

“Police members were doing crime prevention along the railway line in Rondebosch, a known cable theft hot spot. The members noticed three suspiciously acting males and stopped and searched them,” said Captain Hendricks.

They were arrested and detained on charges of possession of presumed stolen property.

Captain Hendricks said the 38-year-old had been linked to a case of defeating the course of justice at Lansdowne police station, and a housebreaking and theft case at Claremont police.

In a separate incident on Sunday January 6, two men, aged 30 and 37, were arrested and detained on charges of possession of dangerous weapons and vehicle breaking implements when Rondebosch police stopped and searched them at a robbery hot spot along the Liesbeek River Trail.

Captain Hendricks said both had been found to be in possession of knives and tools used to break into cars.

He said the 30-year-old suspect had also been linked to a drunk driving case registered with Langa police.

“During investigations it was discovered that both suspects had given false names at the time of their arrest,” said Captain Hendricks.

The two will also be charged with defeating the course of justice.

All five suspects will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court once they have been charged.