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June 18, 2014
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Electricity theft arrests now at 444

JPS is reporting that arrests for electricity theft since the start of the year to June 12, now stand at 444.

As the company continues to employ a multipronged approach to reducing the illegal abstraction of electricity - including theft at commercial entities - the number of meters which have been audited, has risen to 5,681, while a total of 81,013 throw-ups have been removed from lines and poles across the country.

lotto scamming

JPS said earlier this month that members of the security forces in Glengoffe, St Catherine arrested four persons at a dwelling for involvement in lotto scamming. The security forces also alerted JPS teams, who upon arrival at the location, discovered that it was illegally connected to the grid. One man was arrested in connection with the discovery.

Still in St. Catherine, JPS crews in the Princess Field and Pineapple Lane areas of Bog Walk, removed 97 throw-ups, while teams working in Old Harbour Bay, Dempshire Pen, New Nursery and surrounding areas, removed 725 illegal wires. One hundred illegal lines were also removed from Waterford in Portmore.

Meanwhile, in St. Ann a massive joint operation of JPS teams and the security forces, in the Steer Town and Windsor Road communities last week, resulted in the removal of more than 650 throw-ups. This has been the largest operation in the parish since the start of the year.

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

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