Brass sugar mill bearings valuing $16.5m stolen, Samuda orders reinspection of scrap metal shipments
Industry and commerce minister Karl samuda has ordered the reinspection of all scrap metal containers packed for export after December 21 following a Multimillion-dollar Theft at a Sugar Factory.
He has also ordered the inclusion of brass as a restricted item under the existing regulations governing the export of scrap metal.
Five metric tonnes of brass sugar mill bearings have been stolen from the Worthy Park Sugar Factory in St Catherine.
The 74 brass sugar mill bearings valued at $16.5 million were stolen from the factory between December 22 and January 11.
This is the second major theft of brass bearings from a sugar factory, following a similar incident in 2013 at the Monymusk factory in Clarendon.
The decision by Samuda is aimed at supporting the recovery of the stolen brass bearings in the short term and generally tightening the regulations governing the export of brass as a scrap metal.