Four railway thieves are apprehended by the Police in Mpumalanga and Pretoria.
The police released during a statement on Monday that during a joint operation targeted to deal with theft and damages of critical infrastructure within the rail environment a 38yr-old man in Hercules, Pretoria was arrested on Friday.
The operation was administered by the SAPS, the passenger rail agency, Telkom and Tshwane metro police officials.
He has been charged with copper theft and tampering with essential infrastructure.
#sapsHQ A joint cover op that forms part of an integrated operational plan to address theft and damages of critical infrastructure in the rail environment has led to the arrest of a 38yr-old man in Hercules, Pretoria on 11/09 #RejectAndReportStolenGoods MEhttps://t.co/fgR7QdirWa pic.twitter.com/oAWYcVaVs1
— SA Police Service 🇿🇦 (@SAPoliceService) September 14, 2020
In Mpumlanga, three men were nabbed by the police while transporting railway infrastructure which worth over R1 million.
One of the three arrested is an employee at a scrap metal business.
They were arrested last week after police officers along with Transnet officials, staked out the business in Kromdraai.
They saw the three men loading their trucks with stripped railway tracks.
One of the suspects tried escaping in a van which crashed into a wall.
He was able to escape from the scene but he was later tracked by the police and arrested on Saturday.
The trio were arrested in connection with the theft of rail infrastructure valued at over R1 million.