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Washington Gardens residents cry for help as water meter thieves strike again

'We are under attack!'

Saturday, April 26, 2014    

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A new band of water meter thieves is causing much distress for residents of Washington Gardens in St Andrew.

The brazen thieves on Wednesday night raided nine homes in the residential community, stealing water meters and leaving the broken pipes gushing. It was their second strike in as many weeks, having stolen 11 meters in a single night

last week.

"We are under attack, we need help!" said Elaine Francis, whose home on ColleyVille Crescent was among the nine raided by the thieves Wednesday night.

"The situation has reached a stage where we are afraid,'" said Jennifer Morgan.

"This is just shocking to see that criminals have reached the stage where they are now removing water meters from the people's property. It is just strange," she told the Jamaica Observer Thursday.

One resident told the Observer that he had just replaced his meter, which was stolen last week, when the thieves struck again. The incident resulted in the flooding of homes and streets in the community.

Last week, the National Water Commmission confirmed that there had been an increase in reports of water meter theft.

— Kimmo Matthews

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