Police recover R1.2 million in stolen batteries from taxi

Hanno Labuschagne

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Police recover R1.2 million in stolen batteries from taxi

Police in Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday arrested three suspected thieves for stealing mobile tower batteries estimated to be worth more than R1.2 million.

The bust came after the police officers received intelligence about a taxi that was transporting the batteries.

"An operation was put in place and various role-players from the SAPS proceeded to Vryheid," said Captain Nqobile Gwala. "The said vehicle was spotted travelling along R34 and it was intercepted."
 

deweyzeph

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It's not just the networks that lose money, the government loses out on millions in taxes from tax writeoffs of those batteries.
 

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Whoever comes up with these costings is a clown, they say the street value of the batteries would be 1.2M, doubt it, I doubt the retail value is even that high, the street value would be less than R100k imo
 

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The below was on Carte Blanche in 2019

Fortunately, there are a few tell-tale signs to help you avoid purchasing possible stolen goods. Firstly, the brand of the deep cycle battery is a dead giveaway. Major mobile operators make use of one particular brand, Leoch, and these lithium batteries are imported solely by a company, Averge Technologies, that does not sell to the general public. Other agreements are in place for other (non-lithium) Leoch batteries, but if you come across a Leoch lithium being sold to you on the open market, it is most likely stolen. Furthermore, the price is also a clear indication, with Leoch lithium batteries selling for between R25 000 and R30 000 per battery. Black market batteries are often sold at barely a third of the actual price.
 

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Well the locks and mechanism and gate or fence are broken, or a hole in the container, someone needs to drive far and fix. Voda to order batteries, appoint a contractor and install. R200 000 easy.
 
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