30 years old man gets 500 years behind bars for stealing cell phone tower equipment

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As telecommunications companies have been complaining for over the years about their property being stolen, they have also said that the loss and damage usually runs to millions and millions of losses.

Telecommunications company MTN finally got victory as a man accused of stealing their tower equipment got sentenced to 500 years behind bars.

A 30 years old David Jenkins learned his fate in a Cape Town court earlier this week after he was found guilty on 25 counts of theft and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for each of them.

Jenkins entered into a plea and sentencing agreement with the State after confessing that between January and February 2018 he drove around in his vehicle and stole broadband power lines and other equipment from MTN cellular phone towers across Cape Town and parts of the Boland.

NPA’s Western Cape Spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila, said that the now convicted Jenkins targeted MTN towers in at least 22 communities across the province including Dunoon, Durbanville, Athlone, Elsies River, Goodwood and Hermanus.

Police managed to recover the said equipment that is said to be worth R1.67 million after he led them.

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