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May 12, 2014
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Seventeen arrested for praedial larceny offences

Deon P Green, Star Writer

Seventeen persons were last week arrested and charged by the police in St Thomas with praedial larceny offences, resulting in the seizure of agricultural produce valued at more than $150,000.

The police in St Thomas confirmed last week's operations led to three persons being arrested and charged for praedial larceny, one for issuing a fraudulent agricultural receipt and 13 for possession of agricultural produce without a receipt. Those arrested and charged are booked to appear in court on June 25.

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The police noted that since last Monday, they have intensified their crackdown of the theft of agricultural produce across St Thomas, with their praedial larceny police patrol team carrying out several operations in the parish. The cops say they are taking the fight to praedial thieves in that parish.

Only recently, Superintendent Merrick Watson, head of the St Thomas Police Division, warned farmers in the parish at a public forum to report all cases of praedial larceny and not to sell agricultural receipts to criminals, as such practice is counterproductive to their efforts.

Supt Watson said the illegal act of farmers selling their agricultural receipts to criminals can be considered as "shooting themselves in the foot". He told the forum that farmers in St Thomas were found to be doing a thriving business of selling their agricultural receipts to criminals who have been traced to other parishes.

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