Two More Cable Thieves Held

Two Siparia men were arrested over the weekend and charged with stealing TSTT telephone cable. They appeared in the Siparia Magistrates’ Court today [Monday 5th February 2007] and were granted $40,000 bail after pleading not guilty.

Siparia CID held the two around 3 a.m. last Saturday in a car on Murray Trace, Siparia, after allegedly finding a length of telephone cable in their possession. Upon further investigation, the CID officers and TSTT Police went to some bushes near Kardaway Farm in Murray Trace, where they seized 30 metres of cable, cable casings, a quantity of copper-coloured wire, a hacksaw and a knife.

TSTT Head of Security, Safety and Environment, Dennis Gordon, commended the Siparia CID and TSTT’s Investigative Unit on the teamwork that led not only to the arrests but also to the seizure of the items. “I thank you on behalf of the many unfortunate residents of Siparia who have fallen victim to telephone cable thieves over the past few weeks. Let this be a reminder that TSTT, in concert with the Police Service, continues to take action to halt this selfish and criminal activity,” he said.

Gordon noted that joint investigative work with the Police Service – which has led to several arrests and convictions in the past year – and the deployment of anti-cable theft devices remained key components of TSTT’s assault against the crime of cable theft. He also renewed his appeal to members of the public to report suspected cable thieves and suspicious activity to the Police Service via E999, TSTT’s hotline 66-CABLE (22253) or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIPS.