JUTC offering $100,000 reward for info on persons behind bus stoning
The state-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of persons behind the stoning of its buses.
Speaking at a press conference today, the JUTC's Managing Director, Paul Abrahams, said the bus company has partnered with Crime Stop on the initiative.
Abrahams disclosed that, since the start of the year, the JUTC has recorded 81 instances of bus stoning.
He said last year there were a total of 28 cases.
He further disclosed that over the last four years there were 237 incidents, costing the JUTC approximately $50 million to undertake repairs.
The JUTC chairman lamented that the attacks cost not only the JUTC but also passengers and taxpayers.
Abrahams said the JUTC believes the acts of vandalism are coordinated and the bus company is working with the police and other stakeholders to address the problem.
Meanwhile, Head of the Police Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent, Calvin Allen, said one man has been charged with malicious destruction of property and malicious injury in relation to an attack on a JUTC bus.
SSP Allen said a dedicated police team has been established to work directly with the JUTC on the matter.
He said the police are following leads into other attacks with the goal of apprehending the perpetrators.