DOUGLAS - The vigilance of the Douglas Neighbourhood Watch stopped three alleged copper thieves in their tracks. On 25 July 2019, at about midnight the suspects were spotted in a silver Toyota Corolla on the R357 Road approximately 10km outside Douglas. The neighbourhood watch members stopped the Toyota in an attempt to search the occupants. This is when some of the suspects fled into the veld but the quick-thinking neighbourhood watch members managed to arrest three male suspects. The police were contacted and assisted with the detention of the suspects.
A roll of copper cable worth R20 000 was seized from the vehicle and police also confiscated the silver Toyota Corolla as it was allegedly utilized in the commission of a crime. It is alleged that the copper was stolen from a private farm close to Douglas. The suspects were charged for the possession of suspected stolen goods.
'The SAPS Pixley Ka Seme Cluster Commander, Brigadier Nomana Adonis congratulated the Douglas Neighbourhood Watch for a job well done and commended the Douglas SAPS for their assistance in this regard. This truly portrays partnership policing at its best.'
Source: South African Police Service