This afternoon at approximately 16h30, the Marshall Security Emergency Dispatch Centre received multiple panic activations from a private Security Officer at a well-known business complex on Travertine Crescent in the Briardene area. The Security Officer on scene spotted two suspects stealing copper pipes from one of the business premises within the business complex.
An accurate description of the suspects was then circulated to our responding Armed Response Officers and members of our Special Operations Team who were en route to assist.
Whilst responding, the two suspects were then spotted on Kew Road in the Kenville area. As soon as the suspects noticed our team members, they dropped their stolen items and attempted to flee on foot. One suspect was then promptly apprehended by our armed response officer, while the second suspect was then apprehended in a well known business complex on Brickworks Way in the Briardene area after jumping into a business complex in attempt to evade arrest.
Both suspects were handed over to Greenwood Park SAPS and will be facing charges of theft.
Well done to our team members on yet another successful arrest and their efforts in bring these criminals to book.
Theft of copper over the last few months has been in our top three most reported crimes. We urge members of the public to be vigilant over the festive season and to take the necessary security measures to prevent falling victim to copper theft.