Arrests, millions recovered in JPS anti-electricity theft operations
The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is reporting that it has adjusted the bills of customers in Kingston and St. Andrew where irregularities discovered to about $9,800,000.
JPS says the discoveries were made during a series of operations targeting electricity theft yesterday.
The company says preliminary estimates reveal that over a thousand throw-ups were removed from its network.
It notes that a significant find was discovered in St. Andrew North where an entire small plaza was being powered by illegal connections.
One arrest was made.
JPS says a number of irregularities were discovered in a combination of residences and businesses across the Corporate Area.
The company says similar instances were discovered during other operations in other parishes yesterday.
In St. Catherine:
*Two upscale residences were found using meter bypasses to power appliances such as air conditioners and other high energy consumption items.
In St. Mary:
*An irregularity was discovered when a customer, who had been disconnected since last year, had an illegal connection run underground to supply the household.
In the South-West end of the island:
* 48 meter irregularities were discovered – 2 in St James, 17 in Westmoreland, and 29 in Clarendon.
* One arrest was made.
JPS is reminding persons that the company is now using multiple methods, including sophisticated technology, to unearth instances of electricity theft.