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Water meter thieves on the loose

10 Corporate Area homes raided last week

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, April 24, 2014    

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THE National Water Commission (NWC) has launched a probe into the theft of water meters from several residential properties in the Corporate Area.

According to police, a total of 10 meters were removed from homes in Washington Gardens and surrounding areas between last week Monday and Holy Thursday.

"Last night at about 12 o'clock the thieves came to my property and removed the meter all now a can't believe it," said Norman Perry, one of the victims, as he and others talked among themselves on Weymouth Drive last Thursday.

"The attacks have left us all in shock," he told the Jamaica Observer, noting that that his yard was flooded after the thieves left the broken pipe gushing.

"This is the first time something like this has happened and it has left us in shock," interjected another resident.

Carlton Sterling, another resident, shared similar sentiments. "I am concerned about the practice and am worried," he shared.

Some residents wondered aloud if the meters were removed by scrap metal thieves. Others felt that the theft may have been carried out by people involved in the illegal bullet-making trade.

"We don't know what to think because most of the meters were made of copper material," said one resident.

Meanwhile, Charles Buchanan, director of communication at NWC, confirmed that the water company had received reports of the theft.

"We have been informed about the developments. In fact, experts from the NWC say there has been an increase in the number of these reports," Buchanan told the Observer.

The police have since launched their own investigation into the incident.

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