Durban – Private security officers in Verulam, north of Durban have arrested two men who are believed to part of a major syndicate operating out of Tembisa in Gauteng that target cellphone tower batteries.
Prem Balram, the director at Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) said officers collared the two men on Tuesday following a lengthy search in Temple Valley area near Verulam in Kwazulu-Natal.
“At approximately 07:38 RUSA received a call from an informer reporting suspicious activity at a cellphone tower on Valdin Crescent. Multiple Reaction Officers were dispatched to the call due to an increase in battery theft from cellphone towers,” Balram said.
“On arrival Reaction Officers found a VW Touareg parked in a reverse position and the front gate leading to the tower open. As officers approached three suspects fled into a bush. A lengthy foot chase ensued which ended in one suspect being arrested on Lotus Road and his accomplice on Talwantsingh Road in Temple Valley. The third suspect is still at large. A VW Touareg (with no registration plates) which was one of two vehicles being used to load the stolen batteries was abandoned at the scene. An Isuzu bakkie with NRB registration plates and two other suspects was parked away from the scene and sped off as Reaction Officers approached the tower. One battery was found loaded in the back of the VW Touareg. The Gauteng registration plates were found on the front passenger seat. Several house break-in implements were also recovered,” he said.
Balram said that during questioning the suspects stated that they were from Tembisa in Gauteng.
They apparently arrived in Durban on Monday and booked into a Bed & Breakfast i Inanda.