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Cell site battery theft breakthrough

Published:Thursday | August 21, 2014 | 9:02 AM

Police Flying Squad detectives are reporting that they have cracked a major battery stealing ring from cell sites erected across Jamaica.

According to the police, they have now recovered more than 180 of the batteries valued more than $11 million.

Two men considered to be significant players in the illegal ring have been arrested.

They are: 40-year-old Oniel Nicely otherwise called ‘Bang Shoot’ or ‘Short Man’ of Mango Valley district in St Mary and 52-year-old Kenrick Johnson of Jacks River, St Mary.

Nicley and Johnson are charged with receiving stolen property and possession of criminal property.

They are to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court September 15.

When they last appeared, Nicely was remanded and Johnson offered bail.

According to the police, between January 2013 and July 2014 more than two thousand 300 cell site batteries were stolen plus diesel fuel used in the generators.

The police say acting on the information several police operations were launched in Kingston, Manchester, St Mary, St Ann and Clarendon which led to the recovery of 180 of the batteries.

Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent of Police in charge of the Flying Squad, Cornwall Ford is encouraging the Telecommunications providers to visit the Police Flying Squad to identify the stolen batteries.

He is also encouraging persons who may have purchased batteries from suspicious persons to contact the Flying Squad.

Additionally, SSP Ford is encouraging persons to purchase batteries from legitimate sources, as persons who are found in possession of stolen batteries will be prosecuted.

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