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Two held for stealing copper cables in Tabaquite

Two men from Laventille and Biche have been arrested for stealing copper cables at Tabaquite.

Investigators said around 5.20 am on Sunday, two off duty police officers intercepted a car at Diaz Road, Tabaquite after receiving a tip-off that two men had been stealing copper cables.

The suspects aged 21 and 28 of Picton Road Laventille and Biche respectively started running when they saw the off-duty policemen.

They were apprehended and handed over to the Tabaquite police.

Last year following the theft of copper cables in Woodland, the Telecommunications Authority of T&T’s (TSTT’s) Chief Executive Officer, Lisa Agard told Guardian Media that the problem of copper theft had increased, particularly in remote areas.

She said TSTT has set up response systems and teams in place to deal with copper theft and to rectify disruptions in service in the quickest time.

She reminded the public that stealing copper cables can result in a jail sentence.

Under the Telecommunications Act Section 69 (1) a person who maliciously damages, removes, or destroys and facility works or other installation of a public network or a public telecommunications service commits an offense and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years.

The two suspects are expected to be charged and will appear in court on Monday.

Agard urged members of the public to report instances of cable theft by calling 800-0688.

Source Guardian

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