The Frances Baard Crime Intelligence Members embarked on Operation Tshukutshuku in the Pampierstad Phatsima area where illegal electricity connections were discovered at 21 houses.
The disruptive operation was conducted in conjunction with Security Intelligence, Kimberley POP and Eskom from 10am until 2pm on Friday November 26.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Dikeledi Gopane said the home owners paid R3000-00 each to the contractor that is currently busy with the electrification process in Tlapeng Village in North West jurisdiction for illegal connections.
“The identified houses did not have metre boxes and have been using electricity for free whic has cost Eskom a lot of money.
“That also led to continuous power interruptions in the Pampierstad area,” said Gopane.
She added that material recovered consists of 8 x 7m poles, 3 x 5m poles, 1 x pole box, 300m Aerial Bundle Conductor, 200m AirDec Conductor and 11 Pip Tails valued at R150 000.
“A case docket has been opened and an investigation is currently underway to address the suspect responsible for the illegal connection.”