Police recover stolen copper wire in Windhoek

18 Dec 2013 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 18 DEC (NAMPA) - Police officers patrolling a riverbed in the Southern Industrial Area in Windhoek on Wednesday afternoon arrested four men after they were allegedly found in possession of stolen copper wire.
The men hid the copper wire, which they are suspected to have collected over a period of time, in the riverbed behind Ferreira's Nursery.
A City Police officer told Nampa in an interview the wire might have been acquired by cutting major power lines that are connected to street lights.
City Police Senior Superintendent Gerry Shikesho said the suspects stripped the insulation off the wire after they stole it.
“They intended to sell the batches of copper wire to a scrap yard in Windhoek, which would have given them N.dollars 28 per kilogramme of wire,” he said.
Shikesho said when the suspects were approached by the police officers who were patrolling the riverbed, they told the police they had acquired the batches of copper wire from the Kupferberg landfill site.
“The suspects have been charged with possession of suspected stolen property and/or alternatively theft of copper wire,” Shikesho said.
The suspects will make their first court appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.