Metal Thieves End Up Behind Steel Bars

The City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Department arrested two brazen thieves who targeted the Metro Police facility in Philippi after a member of the public blew the whistle on them. The suspects were among 97 suspects arrested between the Metro Police and Traffic departments in the last week. Read more below:

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On Wednesday 5 December 2018, officers were informed that the suspects were seen scaling the wall of the facility in Philippi. The officers reacted and, based on a description provided by the whistle blower, spotted the suspects along Rochester Road. The duo, aged 19 and 29, were found in possession of four metal poles and a trolley. They were arrested on charges of trespassing and possession of stolen property.

Three more suspects (aged 23, 27 and 40) were arrested for possession of City of Cape Town property in Goodwood on Sunday 9 December 2018, when they were found in possession of nearly 400 blue refuse bags.

‘While the theft of some metal poles and the illegal sale of refuse bags may seem innocuous enough, these incidents are symptomatic of a far bigger problem that sees the City of Cape Town lose millions of rand every year. We appeal to the public to think twice about roadside purchases as they could unwittingly be feeding the economy of crime. If you spot anything that appears to be illegal, rather report it so that our staff may investigate,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

At Cape Town Stadium on Sunday 9 December 2018, Metro Police officers conducting crime prevention patrols arrested a 47-year-old suspected drug dealer who was found in possession of 42 packets of dagga.

Elsewhere, Metro Police officers arrested 32 suspects on a range of charges including drunk driving, possession of dangerous weapons and possession of drugs.

Cape Town Traffic Services made 58 arrests and issued 2 659 fines for various offences. Some of the key operational highlights included:

·           28 arrests by the Drink Driving Awareness Unit at a number of roadblocks – 23 for driving under the influence, two for reckless and negligent driving and three for outstanding warrants

·           14 drunk driving arrests and one reckless and negligent driving arrest during a drag racing operation in Athlone/Manenberg/Ottery on Friday 7 December

·           11 arrests during a drag racing operation in Bellville/Eerste River on Sunday 9 December

‘We have repeated the same warnings over and over, but it appears that there is just no getting through to some people who insist on drinking and driving; and behaving badly on the roads. If that is the attitude, then I’m afraid they’ll just have to deal with the consequences,’ added Alderman Smith.

The above was supplied by the City of Cape Town Media Office.

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