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Cape Town's copperheads arrest young cable thief

by BuaNews Online
on 06 May 2008
BuaNews Online
BuaNews Online

The City of Cape Town's copper cable theft task team, also known as the Copperheads, has arrested a 17-year old youth for the third time at a City Electricity Services substation in Parow Industria.

Brent Patterson alias Barend Pietersen of Ravensmead and another suspected member of the notorious "28s" Gang were caught red-handed by security staff of the Parow Industrial City Improvement District [CID] Association while they were busy vandalising the substation in Koets Street.

The estimated damage to the substation is R40 000 plus the resultant consequential losses.

"The CID staff called the Copperheads when the South African Police Services did not respond to their calls.

"We waited for three hours at the crime scene for a SAPS team from Ravensmead to arrive," says Councillor Pieter van Dalen, Chairperson of the Copperheads.

Mr Patterson tricked death twice last year during his cable theft escapades.

In the first incident in January 2007, he sustained third degree burns after coming into contact with 11 000 volts of live electricity whilst breaking into a municipal substation in Parow.

At the time, the case against him was temporarily withdrawn due to the seriousness of his injuries.

He was again caught red-handed vandalising a sub-station in Radnor Street in May 2007.

"This youth is a self-confessed drug addict. Through his criminal acts he has cost the city's ratepayers over R1.5 million. The state sponsored medical costs need to be added to this.

"Mr Patterson is currently in police custody and this time I hope he will remain there," Cllr Van Dalen added. - BuaNews

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