Last week, the Botswana Police said that they had made a break through after they arrested ten suspects in possession of suspected stolen copper cables in six separate incidents.
Assistant Police Commissioner, Christopher Mbulawa, said that in one of the incidents at Phakalane, they arrested two men, aged 39 and 46, who were found in possession of copper cables they failed to account for.
Mbulawa said two more males, aged 29 and 33, were arrested in Old Naledi a week ago after being found in possession of copper cables suspected to have been stolen.
He said Naledi Police also arrested two other suspects in two separate incidents.
A police patrol team arrested a 27-year-old man of Ramotswa who also could not account for the copper cables he was found in possession of.
Still in Ramotswa, police are investigating three men found selling copper cables at a scrap yard in the same village.
The copper is suspected to have been stolen from a company they work for. Mbulawa says that last year became the year that the police worked tirelessly on reports of stolen copper cables, especially in Gaborone and the surrounding areas.
Certain companies, such as the CAITEC Construction Company in Molepolole, were, during the same period, robbed of cables worth P27 000.
“The scrap metal dealers are reminded that the police and the Department of Waste Management and Pollution Control have resolved to take all lawful steps to close down any scrap dealer involved in illicit purchase of stolen copper wire,” said Mbulawa.