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Copper wire thieves wreak havoc in Clarendon ... Custos demands harsh penalties

Published:Friday | March 17, 2017 | 3:43 AM
Shagoury ... the theft of copper wires caused his business to lose revenue and left a hefty bill to replace the wires.

The Custos of Clarendon William 'Billy' Shagoury has called for severe penalties for people stealing metals for export after thieves made off with copper wires from his business place.

Some 1,600 feet of copper wire was stolen from the business place of the Clarendon custos, which resulted in disruption to the business and loss of power for several hours.

Shagoury, who is CEO and managing director of Shagoury Aggregates located in Hayes, says the theft of the wires caused his business to lose revenue and left a hefty bill to replace the wires.

According to Jamaica Public Service Parish Manager, Donovan Cunningham, it will cost over US$2,300 to replace the wire and restore power to the location.

Cunningham says the JPS is regularly affected by thieves who steal copper wires, aluminium conductors and oil used to operate its sub-stations in the parish.