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Man arrested in Camperdown for siphoning diesel from a truck, employees fled

Magma Security and Investigations said it was asked to conduct an investigation for a client who believed that diesel was being siphoned from the company’s trucks while on duty.

Man arrested for stealing diesel from the fuel tank of a truck in a sugar cane field in Camperdown. Picture: Magma Security and Investigations

Published May 10, 2022

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DURBAN - A man was arrested after he was caught siphoning diesel from the fuel tank of a truck in Camperdown on Friday.

Magma Security and Investigations said it was asked to conduct an investigation for a client who believed that diesel was being siphoned from the company’s trucks while on duty.

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Shaheen Suleiman, the owner of Magma Security, said members observed the truck on the P338 road which diverted into a sugar cane field followed by a Mazda bakkie.

Suleiman said the members kept their positions and entered the sugar cane field where they saw the truck reversing into a cane break followed by the bakkie.

“Members approached the bakkie and truck and observed a male loading a 25 litre container into the back of the bakkie,” he said.

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He said two more men fled into the sugar cane next to the truck.

“A further three containers filled with diesel were recovered next to the truck and a hose pipe was found sticking out from the truck’s diesel tank.

Suleiman said the driver of the bakkie was arrested and handed over to Camperdown SAPS as well as seized items.

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He added that the client was informed of the incident.

Provincial police spokesperson Constable Thenjiswa Ngcobo confirmed that the suspect was caught draining diesel from a vehicle in a sugar cane field and he later loaded it into another bakkie.

“Four 25 litre drums were recovered, a case of theft is investigated by Camperdown SAPS,” she said.

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Police said the 31-year-old suspect appeared on Monday at the Camperdown Magistrate’s Court.

Man arrested for stealing diesel from the fuel tank of a truck in a sugar cane field in Camperdown. Picture: Magma Security and Investigations

Man arrested for stealing diesel from the fuel tank of a truck in a sugar cane field in Camperdown. Picture: Magma Security and Investigations

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