Hopetown police are investigating a case of copper theft. On 13 September 2014 at approximately 10:00 police were called out to a scene on a farm near Hopetown.
Footprints were found and followed and the copper was found stashed in a veld not far from where it was stolen. Police did way-lay duties in the veld, knowing that the thieves would return for the stolen goods. Almost 12 hours of waiting and monitoring the area, success was achieved. The suspects returned at 21:30, the same evening and police pounced on them after they had loaded the nine rolls of copper in a get-away vehicle. The VW Polo Vivo was also confiscated by the police as it was allegedly utilized in the commission of crime. The estimated value of the stolen copper is R50 000, 00. Three male suspects aged between 33 and 41 will be appearing in the Hopetown Magistrates’ Court soon.
The Hopetown Cluster Commander, Lt Col Ben Phete lauds the members from the Hopetown Crime Prevention unit for their tenacity, vigilance and endurance which resulted in this sterling success. Copper theft is a serious offence and these members truly went the extra mile to once again prove that the conventional policing methods, together with some patience, also bring forth great results.”