Two suspected cable thieves were arrested on Thursday in Batlharos, Kuruman, in connection with the theft of about R500 000 worth of copper cables.
Brig. Police spokesman Mohale Ramatseba said the two suspects, aged 18 and 35, were arrested in the Garuele neighborhood around 6pm when members of the Batlharos police station attacked them.
Three more suspects have fled.
Ramatseba said police seized a Nissan bakkie used in the theft.
The Batlharos police station received information about the theft of the copper cables and immediately launched a plan of action to arrest the suspected cable thieves.
Members of the visible policing unit then hit the men on Thursday night.
lt.genl. Risimati Peter Shivuri, provincial commissioner of police in the Northern Cape, says the arrest of the suspects helps prevent damage to power supply, telecommunications and the water supply infrastructure that is vital to communities.
Police asked anyone with information about the suspects who got away, to ask for a spot. Sophie Masombuka, station commander of the Batlharos police station, call 082 302 0365 or call the police response number, 08600 10111.
The two suspects who have already been arrested will soon appear in Kuruman Magistrate’s Court.
The police investigation continues.