R3 million worth of stolen copper was recovered and two Cameroonian nationals arrested. Photo: JMPD / Facebook
Working on information received, officers proceeded to corner 11th Road and 3rd Avenue in Bramley, where they observed the suspected property.
An unknown male opened the gate of the premises, officers approached him, identified themselves as police and proceeded to search inside the premises.
Whilst searching, they found another male inside the premises and discovered huge quantities of copper cut up into pieces.
When questioned, the two males failed to give a valid explanation on how they acquired the copper and were immediately arrested. Upon arrest, the suspects attempted to bribe officers with R10 000 cash.
City Power and Prasa officials where called to identify the copper. It was discovered that the the copper belongs to Transnet and Prasa, and it cost an estimated value of R3 million worth of damage to infrastructure.
The suspects were detained at Bramley SAPS and charged with damage to infrastructure, possession of stolen copper and bribery. They will likely appear at court on Monday 07 March 2022.