Suspected animal thieves held with 1,300 pounds of meat

February 28, 2018
In this 2017 photo, a policeman stands beside animal carcasses which were found on Cling Cling Avenue, St Andrew. The cops raided the premesis and cracked what they believed was a praedial larceny ring.

Two men have been arrested for suspicion of larceny of cattle and breaches of the Public Health Act in Kingston on Monday.

The arrests were made following anti-praedial larceny and special operations conducted between 4 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Waltham Park Road.

Sergeant Damion Harry, who lead the operation, said that it is believed both suspects are a part of major animal-stealing ring wreaking havoc in the parishes of St Ann, St Thomas, Clarendon, St Catherine and Manchester.

"I want to implore members of the public only to buy meat that is stamped and approved by the public health inspectors," he said.

The police said the men were held with ten knitted bags containing what appeared to be beef and other meat which weighted approximately 1,300 pounds. One other suspect eluded the police during the operation.

According to the police, the meats were inspected and disposed of by personnel from the Kingston and St Andrew Public Health Department.

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