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LIME’s anti-theft system causes 2 more arrests

LIME | 2014-03-10 00:00:00

A new theft detection system installed by telecommunications firm, LIME, to catch persons stealing its copper cables has resulted in the arrest and charge of 2 men for larceny and malicious destruction of property.

The accused are Richard Graham, 18 years old, and Daniel Gunter, 20. Both men are from Greenwich Farm, St. Andrew.

The men were caught by the police allegedly cutting several LIME cables on 3rd Street in Newport West, St. Andrew shortly after 3am on March 7, 2014. They were arrested and taken to the Newport West Police Station where they were charged. Both men are to appear in court on Thursday, March 13, 2014.

The Police seized a large quantity of cables the men allegedly cut from a utility pole. The cable cuts affected services to several customers in the vicinity.

On February 12, at what appears to be a ‘hot spot’ for cable theft along the Hellshire main road in Portmore, thieves cut a 400-metre section of copper cable which delivers various telephone services to hundreds of customers in the nearby communities of Upper Fort, Johnson Ridge, Cannon Ridge, Edge Hill and Hellshire Park Estate. One man was arrested on the scene by the Greater Portmore Police shortly after an alarm was raised. The others escaped leaving the severed cable behind.

According to LIME’s Security Manager, Christopher Bryan, “Our new anti-theft system has enabled us to better protect our cable assets. It has also raised the fear of detection among those who may attempt stealing our copper cables. We particularly want to thank the Police for their speedy response and we hope that this arrest serves as fair warning to others who may be contemplating similar acts.”

Telephone cables are sometimes stolen in order to extract their copper content which is usually sold into the underground scrap metal export market.


Posted By :Camille Taylor

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