A total of 10 suspects were arrested for alleged Metrobus diesel theft. JMPD’s Wayne Minnaar said on Wednesday, law enforcement officials arrested the suspects after being caught on CCTV, stealing diesel directly from buses at the Wemmer Metrobus depot.
“The JMPD Integrated Intelligence Operation Centres (IIOC) reaction Unit received information that hundreds of litres of diesel were stolen. The unit was able to arrest eight suspects captured on CCTV, where one of them led the team to the workshop in Katlehong where the diesel was being stored.”
Upon arrival, two more suspects were arrested for the possession of 16 690 litres stolen diesel with an estimated value of R267 040.
Minnaar said 50 diesel containers were already filled and the suspects intended to fill 50 more barrels when they were caught.
“At the depot, a further 1 275 litres of diesel were found already loaded onto a van and inside a sedan. The value of this diesel is estimated at R20 400. The undercover operation led to the arrest of the workshop owner and his partner responsible as well. According to the reports, eight security guards, working for a service provider, are party to this theft. This is deeply saddening indeed and I will ensure that the contract with this service provider is cancelled immediately”, he said.
Minnaar said it is critical for the future of the City that the rule of law is upheld.
“We need to root out corruption for the future of our own country and our children. I implore our residents and employees alike to report any suspicious activity or corruption anonymously to the anti-corruption hotline at 0800 002 587. Together we can put an end to this ruthless looting of public money”, he said.