Suspected copper thieves nabbed in Philippi

CT’s Metal Theft Unit arrested the men last night with cables valued at R100,000.

FILE: Copper cable thieves have been arrested. Picture: Facebook

CAPE TOWN - Three alleged copper thieves have been arrested after they were caught with overhead railway cables valued at R100,000 near Samora Machel in Philippi.

The City of Cape Town's Metal Theft Unit arrested the men on Vanguard Drive last night.

The city's JP Smith says, "The suspects have been detained at the Philippi Police Station on charges of theft and possession of stolen property and will appear in the Athlone Magistrates Court early next year."

Meanwhile, a taxi driver has been arrested on Govan Mbeki Road yesterday after he jumped a red traffic light and narrowly escaped smashing into a truck.

There were 10 passengers on board the taxi.

The driver was found to be two times over the legal alcohol limit.