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March 21, 2014
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JPS reports 153 arrested for illegal electricity

JPS is reporting that the number of persons arrested for the illegal abstraction of electricity, from January to March 19, now stands at 153.

The company also removed 35,242 illegal 'throw-up' lines from the JPS infrastructure for the same period. The parishes with the most arrests are St Catherine with 69 arrests, while St Mary, St James and St Elizabeth have seen 19 arrests each.

JPS crews in St Catherine, working in collaboration with the Linstead police's Street Crime Unit, have conducted operations resulting in 47 arrests in March alone. The teams unearthed several illegal connections in York Street, Cheesefield and Banbury, in the first week of March, while continued operations in the following week, led to the discovery of illegal connections at residences and businesses in the communities of Pleasant Hill, Victoria, Jericho and Byndloss.

On Wednesday, four of these cases were heard in the Linstead Resident's Magistrate's Court, where three persons were fined $50,000 each, or three months in jail. The fourth person will be sentenced on April 17.

JPS continues to appeal to persons who are not yet regularised to go to the nearest Customer Service Office to make arrangements to do so, as the company remains eager to work with persons to arrive at solutions to meet their energy needs.

Persons wishing to report theft, may send a text message to 292-7483 (CYA RITE), or send an email to: stoptheft@jpsco.com.

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