Sebenza police caught the four suspects stealing metal and iron at a steel company on Terrace Road, in Sebenza, on Saturday night, Kempton Express reported.
Sebenza police spokesperson Constable Sharon Tshotshotsho said police received a tip-off that security guards were involved in theft at a particular metal and steel company in the industrial area.
“Police arrived at the property and found four security guards loading metal and iron into a security vehicle,” added Tshotshotsho.
Police said two of the men were from Mamba Security, while the other two were from Mokopane Security.
All suspects were arrested for theft. On interrogating the suspects, police found they had already sold a first load of metal to a scrapyard.
The owner of the scrapyard was fined for buying stolen goods, added police.
On the same day, police said two more security guards had also been brought in by Langa security for their involvement in the theft of metal.
A total of six men will face charges of theft.
In a separate incident, four men, including a security guard, were arrested for allegedly stealing copper cable at Transnet’s warehouse in Germiston, east of Johannesburg, in June last year.
The men, aged between 23 and 45, were allegedly caught stealing two 500-metre spools of copper cable, police spokesperson Wilfred Kgasago said.
Three of the men threatened the security guards with a 9mm pistol and robbed them of a firearm before locking them in a toilet inside the warehouse, added Kgasago.
The men were caught as they were loading the second spool of the copper cable on to their truck.
– Caxton News Service