Two men were sentenced to 18-months’ hard labour each, after they pleaded guilty to larceny of Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) cables.
Marlon Soodeen, 34, of Rio Claro and Vinod Sookdeo, 41, of Biche, were handed the sentences when they appeared before Rio Claro Magistrate Taramatie Ramdass on Wednesday 18th May, 2022, to answer to the charges.
Between 1am and 5am on Tuesday 17th May, 2022, officers of the Eastern Division were on patrol along the Tabaquite Road in Rio Claro, when they observed two male suspects wrapping what appeared to be TSTT cables on the side of the roadway. Upon checking, the officers found a quantity of cable which were cut from nearby TSTT poles and a number of cable cutting implements in the suspects’ possession. The men were arrested and subsequently charged with larceny of the cables by PC Leston Billy of the Rio Claro Police Station.
Investigations were supervised by Inspector Ragbir and Sergeant Maharaj.