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Six suspects are set to appear before the Marquard Magistrate Court on Friday, August 5, for possession of suspected stolen property, damaging infrastructure and being illegal immigrants.
Police spokesperson, Mmako Mophiring said, four foreign nationals and two South Africans were nabbed by joint forces of police, private security and farmers after found with eight network batteries.
“It is alleged that in the early hours of Wednesday, August 3, the police received an information from community with regard to unknown men digging network’s boxes and cutting copper inside mine holes,” said Mophiring.
The police reacted to the tip-off and they successfully arrested first suspect near the filling station.
Other five suspects were arrested when they wanted to meet with arrested suspect to collect things from ‘hidden’ place.
The arrested suspects are between the ages of 23 and 30.
Free State provincial commissioner, general Baile Motswenyane applauded police officers for working hard to apprehend the culprits.
“I want to applaud the team for excellent achievement in stopping criminals and seizure of property. May they continue working together to fight crime,” concluded Motswenyane.