Update: 2 charged in connection with theft of 3 goats, 6 sheep
Photos courtesy the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).
Update May 26, 2020, 12.46 pm:
Two men have been arrested and charged with cattle larceny after a number of animals were reported missing or stolen in the Barrackpore area.
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said in a statement Tuesday that 57-year-old Ashook Gosine of Cunjal and 38-year-old Arjoon Rampersad of Mandingo were both charged on may 25, 2020 in relation to lost, stolen or strayed animals which took place on the following dates:
- April 14, 2020: One goat valued at TT$2,500
- May 15, 2020: Three sheep valued at TT$4,500
- May 16, 2020: Two goats valued at TT$5,000
- May 17, 2020: Three sheep valued at TT$4,200
Police said Rampersad was held on May 23, 2020, after attempting to take a sheep from a property located on Cunjal Road, Barrackpore.
Officers immediately responded and the sheep was recovered and returned to its owner.
Police said Rampersad was arrested and taken to the Barrackpore Police Station.
He was later charged with four additional counts of larceny cattle after further inquiries were conducted.
Police said Gosine was arrested the following day and charged with one count of larceny cattle.
The case was due to be heard on Tuesday at the Princes Town Magistrates’ Court.
Inquiries were conducted and the arrests were made by Sgt. Victor, Cpl. Bisnath, PC Rampersad, PC Sankar.
They were later charged by PC Ramsuchit. Investigations were conducted by WPC Pierre, PC Ross, WPC Battersby and PC Harripersad.
Police responded quickly after a report of two sheep being snatched by bandits, resulting in the return of the sheep and the detention of one suspect.
According to police reports, the incident took place around 9.15 am on May 23, 2020, in Barrackpore while the owner was at home.
The owner said she saw the men entering the pen with the sheep, and leaving the premises with one sheep each.
An alarm was raised and both suspects hastily tried to escape.
However, police arrived at the scene and caught one suspect, and also recovered the sheep, which were returned to the owner.
Police said the suspect was arrested and taken to the police station where enquiries are ongoing.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith recently met with local farmers, who have reported an increase in praedial larceny in recent weeks.