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Seven arrested for stealing electricity in St Thomas

Published:Wednesday | July 31, 2013 | 9:54 AM

The seven people arrested in St Thomas for stealing electricity from the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) are to face the court on August 28.



The five males and two females from the communities of Amity Hall and Hampton Court were arrested and charged with illegal abstraction of electricity.



This brings to nine the number of persons arrested in St Thomas in JPS’ anti-theft campaign over the past two months.



Parish Manager, Oswald Smiley, says during recent months, the JPS has also removed 1,200 illegal connections across the parish.



He says 2,062 residential accounts have been investigated, with 252 of them proving to be illegal.



Smiley says most of the illegal connections led to chicken farms, pig and goat pens and were mostly in rural areas.



Just last week two men were arrested in Portland after the discovery of electrical wires under the sea in Port Antonio which was supplying 20 squatter houses.



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