96 Pigs Worth 1.2M Stolen at Local Pig Farm; Cops Under Investigation

A St Catherine pig farmer, who suffered greatly at the hands of praedial larcenist last weekend, is crying foul, saying his own investigations have pointed to a group of policemen being at the centre of the plot.

It is understood that about 96 pigs were allegedly stolen from a farm in Bushy Park, Old Harbour, between Saturday night and early Sunday morning. The farm owner, Craig Blake, said the estimated value of the stolen pigs is about $1.2 million.

Blake told the star that he is not only worried about the loss of the animals, but also, given the circumstances, he is also concerned about his life.

"I came to Jamaica from England to build a pig factory. Saturday night after I leave my farm I got a call say somebody was on the farm. I drove up there and saw a car. The car got away from me. I went back to the farm and I sit in the bush and watch three guys with long guns making trips with the pigs in bags and putting dem in a car," Blake said.

The car was trailed and note taken of the license plate. However, out of fear Blake did not approach the hoodlums, one of which he knew.

Blake stated that he and some family members went in search of the alleged suspect.

"When we find him, he took us to a location where him say his car was. Somebody run off leave fab soap, and we see the car with hog droppings, like dem did a try clean up the vehicle. Him start leak after we threaten him. Him tell we say a police involved and a police send dem fi go thief the hog dem," Blake said.

While they held the alleged suspect, a policeman who was passing by stopped to see what was happening.

"In front of the police him say him a go mek we get back the pigs. That policeman called the Old Harbour police and they came to the scene," he said.

However, the policemen's presence didn't do much to help his cause, as Blake said no statement was taken from him.

Blake stated that a report was later made to the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM).