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Three held for theft of Ramleela stage

Sundar Jokoo stands shows the pick-up containing parts of a stage owned by the First Felicity Ramleela Group.

Police have held three men and a woman in connection with the theft of parts of a metal stage from the First Felicity Ramleela and Cultural Group.

Sundar Jokoo, 52, president of the Ramleela Group, said he was on his way to drop off students to school around 6.15 am yesterday, when he saw a dilapidated red pick-up van parked at an abandoned lot at Lylane Street, Felicity, with a load of what appeared to be scrap iron.

Jokoo said upon closer observance, the metal on the back of the pick-up appeared to have markings similar to what the committee has on its stage pieces.

Jokoo said he was appalled that thieves had stolen the stage to sell it as scrap iron.

He said he alerted the Chaguanas CID, who later nabbed the suspects around 8 am.

Jokoo said, “The group struggled to raise funds to get that stage, from literally begging people for funds to having several fundraisers. The stage then cost around $30,000 to build over eight years ago. We stored it in a fenced area just outside the Green Park Recreational Ground at Boundary Road. Last week, we noticed pieces were missing and members of the group went on alert. To see thieves stealing from a cultural organisation is the height of disgusting behaviour.”

The incident comes even as the theft of TSTT cables is on the increase across the country.

Source Guardian

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