Police say scrap metal thieves behind water meter raids
THE police say they have enough reasons to believe that scrap metal thieves are behind the series of water meter theft from homes in the community of Washington Gardens, St Andrew.
Senior Superintendent Richard Stewart, who heads the St Andrew Police Division, made the declaration yesterday — days after the band of brazen thieves carried outs its second raid on the quiet community. More than 20 meters were stolen in the two raids which happened a mere week apart.
"We strongly suspect that scrap metal thieves are responsible for the acts," he told the Jamaica Observer.
"We have heard about the reports, and at this time we are looking into the matter," said Stewart, noting that the police are following several leads.
He, however, disclosed that the police will not ignore other theories put forward by residents as the basis for the meter theft, including that they are being stolen for use in the illegal bullet-making trade.
"We will leave no angle uncovered," the senior lawman told the Observer.
The thieves first struck in the wee hours of Good Friday, removing 11 meters and leaving the broken pipes to flood the homes of their victims.
Several homes in the community were again raided late last week Wednesday, triggering a fresh bout of unease in the residential community.
"We are in fear and we are calling on the authorities to intensify their investigation in the matter," one resident begged.
-- Kimmo Matthews