Kleinstraat, the farm which was bought by Aquila Game Reserves’, Searl Derman to increase the 7500 hectre Big 5 conservancy, was the setting for a substantial cable theft bust.
Aquila’s security detail were contacted when neighbours saw activity near a bridge crossing and the South African Police Services were alerted. With the assistance of Aquila’s security team and the fast action of the local SAPS team a suspect was apprehended and taken into custody. It is believed that the suspect had many accomplices as the haul is estimated to have been worth over R100 000.00 and was not possible for one man to carry.
The dog units and crime intelligence personal have been enlisted from Worcester to continue the search for other suspects. This is the second bust initiated by Aquila’s security detail, following on an arrest of three suspects involved in the smuggling of over R500 000 in dagga only a few months ago. “Aquila anti-poaching rhino team are especially vigilant and it seems it is paying off in other aspects of crime prevention as well.” Said Derman.
Over the years millions of Rands have been lost to cable thieves and this arrest has led to further information regarding a syndicate believed to be from the De Doorns area. On the scene with Searl Derman were Warrant Officer Pietersen, Sergeant Swart, Van Zyl Smit and Willemse from the Touws River SAPS, all are confident more arrests will be made.