Officers of the Praedial Larceny Squad came in for high praise from Wallerfield farmers, after three persons who were believed to be behind a spate of larceny of livestock, were arrested following a sting operation on Tuesday.

Guardian Media understands that at around 9:05 am on Tuesday 12 January 2021, officers responded to a report of larceny of four sheep at Block 1 Wallerfield.  Upon arrival at the scene, officers conducted enquiries and received information that the stolen animals were being advertised for sale.

Officers posed as farmers, contacted the thieves and arranged to purchase the animals, which were being sold for $800 each. They were given directions to a location along Demerara Road, Wallerfield.

At the location proposed for the sale, the officers met a 15-year-old boy who arranged for the “farmers” to collect the animals. The teenager led the officers into a bushy area where they met 19-year-old Michael Mutroo and 34-year-old Basdeo Bridgemohan, who then attempted to sell the animals to the officers.

The officers called for backup and all three persons were arrested.

The trio appeared in a virtual hearing before Magistrate Avion Gill on Wednesday 13 January 2021.  They all pleaded not guilty.

Mutroo and the minor were granted $50,000 bail with surety, while Bridgemohan, who has a pending matter for larceny of piglets, also was granted $50,000 bail with surety, with a cash alternative of $6,000.

Having been reunited with their animals, the elderly farmers heaped praises on the officers for their quick response and dedication.

Assistant Superintendent of the Praedial Larceny Squad, Murchison Alexis, also commended the officers involved in the exercise, which included WPC Burnley, PC Seecharan, PC Jackson and PC Kisto.