An anonymous information was received by the City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Unit concerning light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights being taken and subsequently reinstalled at a company near Klipfontein Road.
According to the city, authorities were able to identify six of the nine LED lights as belonging to the city after an assessment.
The identification markings on three of them were removed.
The proprietor of the firm was arrested for having stolen items in his hands.
“This isn’t the first time cops have run across this issue; another business owner in the Southern Suburbs was recently detained for a similar offense,” the city stated in a statement.
These lights were also known to have been put in private residences, according to the report.
In February 2020, the city reported that it has refurbished more than 1 200 kilometers of streetlights with energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs to cut emissions and manage rising Eskom prices.
The LED lights saved around 40% of the energy used by regular streetlights, according to the city. The latest crimes follow a wave of wire theft and even paving block theft from public spaces.