Jamaica investigates theft of 500 truckloads of sand

Police are investigating the theft of more than 500 truckloads of sand from a private beachfront property in Jamaica. Deputy Mines Commissioner Laurie Henry says authorities have submitted samples of sand from nearby areas they believe was stolen from the beach in the northwest parish of Trelawny. The 26-hectare property owned by a development company lies near a protected environmental area that includes mangroves and a limestone forest. Police Corporal Patrick Chin said Friday that no one has been arrested. Those found guilty could face up to a year in prison. Illegal sand mining is common in the island's eastern region. The sand is often sold and used in construction.