JIS News

Vigilance and quick action by the police prevented the theft of some 50 gallons of diesel fuel from the Jamaica Urban Transit Company’s (JUTC) Rockfort depot, in East Kingston, on Sunday, September 12.
The JUTC’s Communications Manager, Reginald Allen, told JIS News that one man, who was caught with the petrol in 10 five-gallon containers, has been arrested and charged with simple larceny of the petrol.
He was scheduled to appear in the Half-Way Tree Resident Magistrate’s Court today (September 17), to answer the charge.
Mr. Allen said a police party was patrolling in the vicinity of the depot at approximately 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, when they apprehended the man, whom they spotted on the premises with the containers of petrol. The fuel is believed to have been siphoned from several public passenger buses which were parked on the compound.
Two other persons are currently before the courts on charges of simple larceny of fuel from the depot.
Sunday’s action follows Transport and Works Minister, Hon. Michael Henry’s disclosure, in July, of petrol being stolen from a number of buses parked at the facility. Mr. Allen said since then, the police and the JUTC’s Security Department have been collaborating to institute proactive measures to address the matter, as investigations are conducted. The investigations are being led by the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) East Kingston Division.
Mr. Allen, while commending the police’s efforts in thwarting Sunday’s attempted theft, noted that the lawmen are still seeking other persons of interest in the matter.
“It shows the effectiveness of the measures that have been put in place to boost security and curtail thefts. We (the JUTC) have long collaborated with the police, and intensified this joint approach to the problem recently. We are making some good headway, which is very encouraging, and we are really happy that we have been able to reap this kind of success,” Mr. Allen said.

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