Another two people are in police custody over an incident of praedial larceny, this time involving the theft of sweet tamarinds from a Creekside farm.
Alvin Christian, the affected farmer, spoke about the incident on Friday, April 22, on the Good Morning Sass show.
Christian, who has been the target of thieves over several years, says he visited his farm on Easter Monday, April 18, and observed a van parked close to the property.
He says he made his rounds of the farm and, when leaving just before 5 p.m., he observed that the vehicle – a rental – was still there. He therefore decided to drive to that location.
When he arrived there, Christian says, a woman was scaling the fence in an attempt to get off his property while a man had climbed one of the tamarind trees.
The duo was allowed to leave and the Police were not notified.
However, on Thursday, April 21, Christian reports that he had another encounter with the pair. This time, the Police were notified and the two were taken into custody.
Meanwhile, the Police have released a press statement about the incident, assuring the public that officers are intensifying their efforts to protect farmers against the theft of agricultural produce and livestock.
They confirm that the pair, residents of Bendals, were arrested and are now assisting lawmen with their investigations.
On Wednesday, April 20, Denris Josiah and Jamal Willock of Old Road were arrested and charged for allegedly stealing 400 lemons from a farm in Old Road. That matter is still before the court.