19 suspected stolen cell tower batteries recovered after arrests

19 suspected stolen cell tower batteries recovered after arrests

- Three suspects have been arrested in possession of what are believed to be stolen cell tower batteries

- The suspects had 19 batteries with them according to a post by The City of Joburg

- Facebook users reacted strongly, with some have some very drastic suggestions

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The City of Joburg revealed on Facebook that the police had arrested 3 suspects who were in the possession of 19 batteries used in cell phone towers. The batteries are believed to be stolen.

The suspects have been detained at Sandton.

Here is the full post:

"Three suspects between the ages 28-43 arrested by #JMPD Freeway Unit on M1 north & Marlboro Dr for being in possession of 19x suspected stolen cellphone tower batteries. Suspects detained at Sandton."

Facebook users took to the social media platform to react to the arrests:

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Lefu Ramatla:

"Charge them with terrorism. Interfering with communication amounts to that, hence the SABC is a national keypoint which was guarded by the army before dawn of democracy."

Maxwell Khoza:

"Well done Guys keep up the good work, unfortunately, there are plenty of these Culprits in this Country, You will need INTERFERENCE from your seniors to get rid of them first then there will fewer incidents like these"

Kundai Marvel Matangira:

"I remember Carte Blanche did an investigation on how these batteries and a lot of these guys who steal them sell them locally to seemingly "legitimate" business people who then resell to the public. Due to Eishkom, many people are actually buying them for backup but if you are caught with it, Suncity will welcome you warmly . "
"Some of them are transported to Zim where they are in great demand due to high electricity tariffs n powercuts like here so many people are getting off the grid in their numbers and buying some of these batteries. The reason why some of these guys who do the actual stealing get out is . "
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"They carry large sums of cash on them so bribing an officer is easy, so they can be out on the same day. Until we have more non corrupt police officers, such will continue ‍♂️"

19 suspected stolen cell tower batteries recovered after arrests

Police officers arrested three suspects in possession of allegedly stolen cell tower batteries. Photo credit: City of Joburg
Source: Facebook

In other news, Police officers have been attacked by angered community members in Greenside outside of Polokwane, Limpopo.

The SA Police Service confirmed that police officers had been assaulted and vehicles pelted with rocks after community members attempted to free undocumented foreign nationals from police vans on Saturday.

Spokesperson Motlafela Mojapelo explained that one undocumented foreigner had been shot and injured after reportedly threatening to stab a cop.

“The Acting Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Major General Jaan Scheepers, has strongly condemned the incident that took place at Greenside extension 44 where the police came under attack by community members who managed to release undocumented foreign nationals from the police vehicle. Cases of assault on police, malicious damage to property, and other crime have been opened.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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