Brazen thieves grind down street lights

Four light poles were cut down with an angle grinder in Bishop Lavis this week.

Four light poles were cut down with an angle grinder in Bishop Lavis this week. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Bishop Lavis resident has described to Eyewitness News how she witnessed metal thieves brazenly cutting down light poles in her street.

Four poles were toppled and stolen in the area this week by criminals using angle grinders.

The woman said she watched how the thieves removed a pole outside her house without too much effort.

She says once they were done, they took a brisk walk down the street with a pole in hand.

The resident who wants to remain anonymous says her screams had no effect.

"It was around 4am. I was asleep and I thought they were at my gate, so I got up and saw movements. I shouted and saw them going away."

The thieves not only took the poles, but also stole the internal wiring and fittings to sell.

The City of Cape Town says it will have to spend over R13, 000 to replace the poles.