Police have stepped up operations to deal with copper theft in Cape Town, resulting in the arrest of five suspected copper thieves.
Police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut, said the theft of copper was a cause for concern for the Western Cape police.
“Yesterday five suspects felt the heat of our operations when they were apprehended in Nyanga with a substantial quantity of copper cables, the value of which is yet to be determined,” he said.
Traut said police had reacted to a tipoff from the community, who witnessed the suspects digging trenches.
He said four men and one woman, aged between 24 and 28, had been arrested while trying to make a getaway in a Toyota Avanza.
He said the suspects were expected to make a court appearance in Athlone on Monday on a charge of possession of suspected stolen property.