One Ton of stolen TSTT cables recovered from scrap metal dealer

Trinidad - Seven persons were arrested and more than one metric ton of TSTT copper cables were recovered when TSTT Operational Risk and Security Services (ORSS) personnel in collaboration with the police, executed a warrant on Thursday morning on a scrap metal dealer operating in Curepe.

The recycling centre of the scrap metal dealer was searched and multiple stacks of illegally obtained TSTT cables weighing 1,088 kilograms were found. The seven persons arrested have been charged under the Telecommunications Act which allows for a maximum penalty of 5 years or a maximum fine of $250,000 each.

It was just one week ago on Friday, March 26th, 2010 that a San Fernando man was found guilty of stealing TSTT cables valued at $80,000. He was fined $5,000 and ordered to serve two years in prison if he failed to pay $2,000 forthwith.

“We have every intention of keeping up the pressure on vandals in this ongoing battle against copper theft” said Dennis Gordon, TSTT’s Vice President ORSS. “This is not only a victory in bringing a different level of criminal – the dealer – to justice, but a victory also for the thousands customers who have the right to feel assured that they will not have to suffer at the hands of unscrupulous thieves.”

Gordon gave high praises to the police and the members of his ORSS team. “The police service has our wholehearted gratitude for the level of energy they bring to this effort. Likewise the men and women who work within TSTT to ensure that this type of crime is eradicated are to be commended for their commitment. We will continue to work towards the goal of having all levels of persons involved brought to justice”, he added.