Saturday, January 13, 2007

Youth hospitalised after stealing electrical equipment


By Chanel September
13 January 2007

A 15-year old boy is in the Tygerberg Hospital after he sustained severe burns to his face, neck and hands when he came into contact with 11 000 volt.

The boy was allegedly busy removing equipment from a City of Cape Town electrical substation in Parow South Industrial Area.

A security guard on duty at the next door Municipal compost plant apprehended him.

As a result the electricity supply to the surrounding factories has been interrupted.

Authorities say that it seems more than one person was involved and that the others escaped with some of the stolen equipment.

The cost of replacing the stolen equipment and repairing the vandalised sub-station is, estimated at R250 000.

A case of housebreaking and theft was opened at Ravensmead Police Station.

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