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July 18, 2014
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Businesswoman arrested for stealing light on 'Back Road'

A businesswoman was arrested recently after police uncovered an illegal connection used to supply a mini plaza, bar and restaurant in Kingston 20.

The businesswoman, who co-owns and operates the entities, has been charged with illegal abstraction of electricity, a release from the Jamaica Public Service company said yesterday.

The JPS said crews carrying out operations in Portmore, St Catherine, discovered illegal connections supplying informal settlements along the Port Henderson Road, also known as 'Back Road'.

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They also subsequently located several illegal connections which residents had used to tap into the electrical supply of a large corporate entity.

Meanwhile, one man was arrested after being held installing a street lamp along the Charlemont main road in the parish. Another two street lamps and other fixtures were found in his car.

The man is suspected of removing street lamps from their original locations to other communities for a fee.

JPS said 524 persons were arrested for power theft since January.

People are asked to report power theft via the customer care centre at 1-888-CALL-JPS or 1-888-225-5577. They may also email stoptheft@jpsco.com.

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