Saturday, October 18, 2008

Also Missing: Large Quantity of Seashells

A large-scale theft has Jamaicans stumped.

Questions are being asked in Jamaica about a police investigation into the theft of hundreds of tons of sand from a beach on the island's north coast. It was discovered in July that 500 truck-loads had been removed outside a planned resort at Coral Spring beach.

Apparently that type of crime is not uncommon.

Illegal sand mining is a problem in Jamaica; the tradition of people building their own homes here means there is a huge demand for the construction material. However, the large volume and the type of sand taken made suspicion point towards the hotel industry.

I don't think even the TV forensic people have tried this.

Police said they were carrying out forensic tests on beaches along the coast to see if any of it matches the stolen sand.

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