The Ministry of Works and Transport has given assurances that those involved in an incident of larceny at the Sea Lots Pump House, will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The theft, which occurred on Friday 22 October 2021, saw the loss of several batteries, electrical cables, transformers and a charging system. Two people have since been taken into police custody concerning the theft.
“Preliminary investigations indicated that electrical cables and three 15KVA transformers were stripped entirely of their core. Additionally, four batteries and the automatic charging system used to support the two main pumps at Sea Lots also were stolen,” the Ministry confirmed in an official statement.
The Ministry points out that the Sea Lots Pump House, which was completed at a cost of approximately $5 million to taxpayers, plays a critical role in reducing incidents of flooding in downtown Port of Spain.
It strongly condemns what it describes as “the trend of theft and intentional damage to Government property by private citizens”.
“The Ministry wishes to reinforce that such actions undermine the efforts and work of the organisation and place an unnecessary financial burden on the Government when there is a need to manage scarce resources. Therefore, stealing, waste and abuse of Government funds, equipment and material are unacceptable,” the Ministry said.
It added: “Any equipment or material purchased or allocated to a project is done for a specific purpose to serve the greater public. Any removal of such equipment or material diminishes the capacity of the Ministry to meet it planned goal.”
The Ministry is encouraging members of the public to help ensure those responsible for these kinds of thefts of public property are brought to justice.
“The theft or tampering of Government property is an offence punishable under law. Anyone with knowledge of such illegal activity is encouraged to report all relative information to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service,” the Ministry said.
“Reports of such incidents will be investigated, and all appropriate legal action will be taken,” it added.