Three men have been arrested for stealing an electrical distribution transformer worth R1.2 million after being caught with it on a horse-drawn cart in Bellville.
Community members alerted City’s Law Enforcement Metal Theft and Rail Enforcement stationed at Bellville saying the three men were trying to sell the transformer at a scrap metal dealer in Epping Industria.
The three men aged 32 and 33 were arrested on scene, while their horse, named Inspector, was impounded by the Horse and Cart Association.
Spokesman, Wayne Dyason, confirmed the transformer was taken from a Transnet property in the Maitland area.
“At about 9.30am officers attached to the City’s Law Enforcement Metal Theft and Rail Enforcement units were on patrol in the Bellville when they were informed unknown males were attempting to sell a transformer at a scrap metal dealer in Bofors Circle, Epping,” said Dyason.
The transformer is valued at R1.2 million and this excludes labour costs to repair the damages.
The three suspects were arrested in terms of the Criminal Matters amendment act and for being in possession of stolen property.
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