Wednesday saw the apprehension of four suspects who were allegedly found with stolen copper cables. The value of the copper is said to be approximately R4 million.
A member of the public alerted police officers from Amanzimtoti, Umkomaas crime prevention as well as the security guards in the area after he noticed a suspicious cloud of dark, heavy smoke coming out of one of the houses, said KZN SAPS spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala.
Upon arrival, the team noticed a group of people burning brand new copper cables. One of the suspects spotted the police and alerted his partners in crime to flee the scene.
The suspects quickly took off by running into the bushes. However, the police managed to arrest four suspects – aged between 31 and 55.
Investigations revealed that the copper cables were stolen from the Ethekwini Council depot at Springfield Park.
The suspects appeared before the Durban Magistrate’s Court yesterday for possession of stolen property.