Jamaica Crime News, St James: Music Operator Held – A popular St. James mobile sound system operator, who resides at Ocean Edge in Gulf, Norwood, was taken into custody after Detectives attached to the St. James and St. Ann Police Departments, swooped down on a multi-million dollar battery stealing ring, in Norwood, St. James, on Wednesday, April 10.
The police say they are unable to release the name of the accused man, who they say also works as a barber in the second city of Montego Bay.
Over the past two months, the St. Ann police received reports that a large amount of cell site batteries were being stolen from several FLOW Jamaica limited owned cell-site cabinets, (mobile cell sites) in major townships such as Discovery Bay, St. Ann Bay and Run-Away Bay.
The police say they also received information that Multi-Service Access Nodes were also stolen within the parish of Trelawny, and an Investigation was carried out.
The most recent robbery took place on Monday night, April 8, into Tuesday morning, April 9, and intelligence led the police to the community of Norwood.
It is further reported that between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, a joint police team carried out an operation at a house in Ocean Ridge, at Gulf, in Norwood.
During the operation, a total of 41 mobile cell-site batteries were recovered. Some of the batteries and nodes were being used by the sound system operator, to power a multi-million dollar mobile sound system, which was constructed inside his motor vehicle.
The remainder of the batteries were being used to power a solar system, which was also seen at the premises.
The police say the batteries and nodes which were recovered, are estimated in the regions of over $2.5 million.