Suspects steal cellphone tower batteries, caught in the act, Richmond

Police busted cellphone tower battery suspects red handed in Richmond on Thursday/Photo: Supplied

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Richmond are investigating a case of theft after the arrest of two men aged 28 and 33-years-old, respectively.

Police followed up on information regarding a theft in progress at around 17:30 on Thursday.

The suspects were allegedly busy loading the batteries they stole from a cell phone tower situated on a farm near Richmond.

Their alleged getaway vehicle, a Hyundai H1 was parked on the N1 not far from the scene.


With the help of the farm owner police arrested two of the three suspects. The other suspect fled from the scene and is still at large.

The estimated value of the cell phone tower batteries is R40 000. Police also found a 9mm firearm, belonging to one of the suspects in the veld close to the vehicle.

Pixley Ka Seme Cluster Commander, Brigadier Nomahlubi Sofika lauded the Richmond Police for the lightning fast response that led to the brilliant arrests in a statement issued.

The suspects should be appearing in the Richmond Magistrates’ Court soon. The investigation continues.

Statement issued