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Cops arrest five for alleged car park racket

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, July 26, 2014    

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FIVE men accused of taking money from motorists to use car parks in downtown Kingston were this week arrested by the police, who vowed that they would not allow the once thriving extortion racket in the city's west end to re-emerge.

"These men, we suspect, were part of a group of criminals who are trying to collect money from motorists to park in car parks in the area," said Superintendent Michael Scott of the Kingston Central Police Station.

Police said the arrest of the men came a day after they received reports of an upsurge in break-ins and car robberies in the commercial district.

"We have been hearing about these reports and as a result we have stepped up our presence in the area," said Superintendent Scott, who warned that police would not allow criminals to erode gains made by police in the recent Operation Resilience 111, which clamped down on several illegal activities in downtown Kingston. That operation, police believe, caused some criminals to flee to other sections of the island.

On Monday, police on patrol in downtown Kingston reported that in the last month they have received reports of at least five break-ins and motor vehicle theft in that section of the capital city.

Police, meanwhile, said the fencing of car parks in downtown Kingston would assist them in dealing with criminal activities.

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