COPS CRACK DOWN ON BTC CABLE THIEVES IN BOTSWANA

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The Cat and Mouse game between cops and BTC cable thieves might be coming to an end as police cracks down on the syndicate that has ripped off the government for millions of Pulas. Since early this month the police has nabbed six men on different dates for allegedly conspiring to steal cables valued at P117,600 between Sebina and Marobela village in the central district.

During their intensive hunt for culprits, police have managed to penetrate a syndicate comprising young men, local garage owners and scrap yards owners who are mostly foreigners with links in South Africa, which is the main destination for the country's stolen copper wires. All the arrested men have been arraigned before court and the prosecution has prayed for their incarceration until the whole syndicate has been brought to book. When he brought two more suspects to court early this week, State prosecutor, Inspector David Ramoseki revealed that some officers were still tracking down some of the stolen cables believed to be in the hands of scrap yard owners.

He told the court that some of the cables were recovered after tip offs at one of the scrap yards in Francistown. The prosecutor also asked the court to reserve the plea of the accused persons in court until investigations were completed. The six suspects all from Sebina Village were remanded in custody while others believed to have been involved in the syndicate are expected to be nabbed as soon as the police close the net on the destructive racket.

Since last year copper cables belonging to BTC and Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) have been stolen in large quantities without any trace. But the latest development might bring an end to the prolonged problems of the two companies.

The Voice