'Police in scrap iron theft'
A POLICE constable is suspected of assisting three men from the Beetham Gardens area with the larceny of a quantity of scrap iron from the compound of the Traffic Branch Headquarters in Sea Lots, Port of Spain sometime on Sunday.
The three men were yesterday detained by officers of the Besson Street Police Station and Port of Spain Criminal Investigations Department (CID), but up to yesterday evening, the police officer had not been found.
Police said sometime on Sunday, the men—a father and son along with another man—went to the Traffic Branch compound and removed 280 metal "No Parking" signs and three barricades.
The items, police said, were not being used because of its rusted state and was being stored at the facility.
Police said the officer in question was one of the officers who were on duty on Sunday when the items were taken.
Investigators said, another police officer noticed that the signs and barricades were missing yesterday and informed his colleagues.
Based on information received, police said they went to Beetham Gardens with two trucks where they recovered the items and arrested the three men. Up to yesterday evening they were being questioned by officers of the Besson Street Station.
Police said the men had the intention of cutting up the signs and selling it on the black market as scrap iron.
The exercise was headed by ASP Ajith Persad of the Port of Spain CID and included Sgts John, Sirjoo and Budri along with other officers.