Suspected Cable Wires Thief To Be Charged, Accomplices Being Sought

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Jamaica News: One of six men believed to be responsible for the theft of telecommunications wires, which saw several rural St. Catherine communities being left without internet access last Friday, is expected to be charged in the upcoming week.

The man’s identity is being withheld at this time, as detectives continue to follow investigative leads in a bid to nab his accomplices.

The suspected thief was busted by the St. Catherine North Police in an operation about 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 21. The team had reportedly mounted a roadblock  at Tulloch main road, when they observed two motor vehicles, a Toyota Probox and a Nissan Tiida. They reportedly signalled the drivers of the motor vehicles to stop and the drivers complied. However, the drivers and the occupants of both vehicles immediately fled on the approach of the Police. The Police team chased the men and caught one of them; five others escaped.

The cables, which are said to be expansive in length, have since been identified by one of the local telecommunications companies. Detectives are working with the representatives as they finalise details of the case.

Senior Superintendent Beau Rigabie, commanding officer for the St Catherine North Division, said “the Police will maintain their heightened vigilance to protect critical infrastructure even as the country has a higher dependency on them to function during the unprecedented times caused by the COVIID-19 pandemic.”

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