Cell-to­wer bat­te­ry thie­ves nab­bed

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Misdaad | Crime - Yo­lan­dé S­tan­der

P­let­ten­berg Bay po­li­ce crac­ked do­wn on thie­ves re­cent­ly w­hen they ap­pre­hen­ded two sus­pects for pos­ses­si­on of sto­len pro­per­ty.

Po­li­ce spo­kes­per­son Cap­tain Mar­le­ne Pie­ter­se said the po­li­ce re­spon­ded to an a­larm acti­va­ti­on at the Vo­da­com to­wer in Keur­booms Heig­hts next to the N2 on 21 March at 22:00.

“On ar­ri­val they no­ti­ced a ho­le in the fen­ce, and next to the ho­le a black bag,” Pie­ter­se said. In­ves­ti­ga­ti­on of­fi­cers al­so no­ti­ced a black bat­te­ry on the ot­her si­de of the ro­ad, she said. “As they ap­pro­a­ched the bat­te­ry they saw two sus­pects hi­ding be­hind a tree.”

Po­li­ce ap­pre­hen­ded the two men, a­ged 25 and 45.

On the sa­me nig­ht, at a­bout 00:20, a thi­rd sus­pect was ar­res­ted at the Gar­den Rou­te Ga­ra­ge off the N2 in the Crags.

“A po­li­ce mem­ber pic­ked up the cel­lp­ho­ne of one of the sus­pects, whi­le so­meo­ne was bu­sy ar­ran­ging for trans­port for the sus­pect o­ver the cel­lp­ho­ne. The po­li­ce wai­ted for the trans­port. On ar­ri­val of the trans­port they ar­res­ted the sus­pect, and a ca­se of con­spi­ra­cy was o­pe­ned.”

Vo­da­com bat­te­ries with an es­ti­ma­ted va­lue of R80 000 we­re al­so re­co­ve­r­ed.

The sus­pects ap­pea­red in the P­let­ten­berg Bay Ma­gi­stra­te’s court on 23 March. The mat­ter in­vol­ving the first two sus­pects was pos­t­po­ned until 28 March for bail in­for­ma­ti­on, whi­le the thi­rd sus­pect’s ca­se was pos­t­po­ned until 24 A­pril. –

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