Tuesday 25 June, 2019

Two security guards arrested in JUTC sting operation

Two security guards employed to two different companies contracted by the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) have been arrested and charged following a sting operation at the bus company’s Lyndhurst Road depot which busted a fuel-stealing ring.

According to the JUTC, the theft was uncovered in the operation that was carried out during the early morning of Sunday, June 9. The bus company, in a statement Tuesday, said the uncovering of the pilfering operation was intelligence driven. 

It said that around 7:00am, several five gallon plastic bottles containing fuel were found hidden in the drainage system on the compound of the depot.

“The discovery was made after a thorough search of the compound which was prompted by credible information about suspicious activities during the night.  

“The intelligence that prompted the operation pointed to the involvement of contracted security officers among other players,” the JUTC said.

It added that the intelligence-driven operation, which is still ongoing, is expected to bring to light the extent of the pilfering which includes batteries, fuel and pieces of aluminium scraps removed from buses.

“Preliminary investigations, after the discovery of the hidden fuel, revealed that the security guards contracted to Shalk Security and Task Force Security Limited may have been actively involved in the extraction of the fuel from the buses and are alleged to be the masterminds in the entire operations at the JUTC Lyndhurst Road Depot,” the JUTC said.

The statement was released by the JUTC’s security manager, Granville Gause.

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