Paramedics arrested

RETRIEVED: Cops show stolen cables found stashed in an ambulance. 28/02/2010. © Unknown.
RETRIEVED: Cops show stolen cables found stashed in an ambulance. 28/02/2010. © Unknown.

TWO paramedics carrying R57000 worth of copper cable in an ambulance were yesterday arrested in Secunda, Mpumalanga police said.

TWO paramedics carrying R57000 worth of copper cable in an ambulance were yesterday arrested in Secunda, Mpumalanga police said.

"The two department of health officials in their 40s, stationed at the Leandra Hospital, took the ambulance to Sywerfontein mine, where they met other izinyoka (copper cable thieves)," said Captain Leonard Hlathi.

The group allegedly stashed the cables in the ambulance and drove off with the lights flashing as if they were taking a patient to hospital.

Hlathi said police, acting on a tip-off, stopped the ambulance about 1km from the scene and found it full of copper cable. - Sapa

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