A man and his wife were arrested on Saturday for possession of stolen cellphones after being linked to the theft of dozens of new handsets worth R400 000.
According to the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), a tip-off led their undercover unit to a dustbin at the top of a building on the corner of Lillian Ngoyi and Rissik streets in the Johannesburg CBD.
The brand-new cellphones, still in their boxes, had been hidden in the dustbin, JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said.
A Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) officer is under investigation after CCTV footage implicates him in the theft of a cellphone at a fast food outlet.
The recovered cellphones were allegedly stolen from Exact, a shop in Northwest Mall in Mahikeng.
The two suspects are expected to appear in the Johannesburg Central Magistrate’s Court next week on charges of theft and being in possession of the stolen property.