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150 arrested for electricity theft since January, says JPS

Published:Monday | August 5, 2013 | 9:21 AM

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) says more than 150 persons have been arrested for stealing electricity since the start of the year.

The company's head of corporate communication, Winsome Callum, says this is significant as only 62 persons were arrested for all of last year.

She says the fight against electricity theft is an ongoing battle as persons are increasingly finding more creative ways of illegally abstracting electricity.

Callum says more than 200 employees have to be assigned to the effort.

The JPS has reported several major cases of electricity theft in recent weeks, including the arresting of two men in Portland after the discovery of electrical wires under the sea in Port Antonio, which was supplying 20 houses.

A St Catherine hotel owner is behind bars after he was caught on the roof of his establishment allegedly disconnecting illegal wires.

JPS is also reporting that 17 business operators in Manchester have been arrested since the start of the year, for the illegal abstraction of electricity.

Last year, electricity theft reportedly cost the JPS approximately US$30 million.


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