Police crack criminal operation involving stolen heavy equipment

Police have broken up a major criminal operation, involving persons who rent heavy equipment from equipment rental firms using fake documentation and later sell the stolen items to persons and businesses, involved in the racket, a police statement said.

Officers of the Stolen Vehicle Unit, carried out an anti-crime exercise in the Northern and Central Divisions over the weekend, resulting in five persons being arrested, three pieces of heavy equipment and a vehicle, all of which were reported stolen and a revolver, being seized.

Officers conducted the exercise between 9 am on Saturday 16th September, 2017 and 10 am, on Monday 18th September, 2017, during which several business places and houses were searched.

Two forklifts, valued at over $340,000, which were reported stolen on May 25th 2017, were recovered in the Central Division, and two persons, a 38-year-old female of Longdenville, and a 27-year-old man of Chaguanas, were arrested, in connection with the seizure.

A Mitsubishi Lancer, valued at $160,000, which was reported stolen from the Couva area, on August 30th 2017, was recovered in the Malabar area, and resulted in the arrest of a 23-year-old man of Arima, and 22-year-old man also of Arima, were arrested.

A Smith and Wesson revolver and 50 rounds of .38mm ammunition, were also found in the possession of the 22-year-old suspect.

The officers then proceeded to Tunapuna, where they recovered a stainless steel welding plant, valued at $140,000, which was stolen from FT Farfan, in San Juan.

A 55-year-old St. Augustine man was arrested in connection with the find.

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