Cop retrieves stolen cables

Law enforcement Senior Inspector Ashley Grosch made a R30 000 cable theft bust on Thursday April 21 while conducting routine patrols in Weltevreden Road.

He became suspicious when he noticed a man dragging something large down a sand dune. Senior inspector Grosch went to investigate but when the man spotted him, he fled.

The officer gave chase and noticed a coil of electrical cable next to the sidewalk. On further investigation, he found another three batches of overhead coil cables at the top of the dune.

Unfortunately, the suspect was not caught but the recovered cable is valued at approximately R30 000.

The City’s mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, commended the officer for his vigilance.

“The City spends millions of rands on repairing and replacing vital electricity infrastructure as a result of theft and vandalism so the recovery of this cable is significant. In order to curb this ongoing vandalism, we need residents to work with us. The City does all it can do deter and prevent theft, but we rely on residents to report any suspicious activity and provide tip-offs. Residents should please report any criminal activity or tip-offs to Law Enforcement on 021 596 1999 or to the South African Police Service,” said Mr Smith.

* A warrant of arrest has been issued for Reza Johnson from Netball Street in Beacon Valley.

Mitchell’s Plain police spokesperson Lieutenant Ian Williams said he is wanted in connection with a shooting on the corner of Muurbal and Tennis streets, Beacon Valley. He said a man was sitting in the front yard of his home when Mr Johnson and friend called to him to come outside.

When the man refused, Mr Johnson allegedly drew a firearm and shot at the man, who was wounded in the back, right shoulder, left arm and right leg. He died on his way to the hospital. Lieutenant Williams said Mr Johnson, a gang member, and the man who had been with him, fled the scene on foot.

Anyone with information can call the investigating officer Bradley Schuurman on 082 777 8076