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Two more males have been charged in connection to the commercial burglaries in and around Road Town in March and April.
Police said that, in its latest arrests, officers of the Criminal Investigations Department jointly charged Rashawn Williams, 18, of Horsepath and a 16-year-male of Pockwood Pond with illegally entering I-Smart and Infinite Solutions and fleeing these premises with a number of electronic items.
In April of this year, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force reported that the Criminal Investigation Department was actively seeking those responsible for a number of commercial burglaries in Road Town and Wickham’s Cay II area.
Police stated then that they believe the same group of offenders may be responsible for break-ins and warned retailers to ensure their premises are properly secured with alarms and CCTV.
Laptops, video games and other electronic items were taken. Targeted were electronic stores and as well construction offices and worksites where valuable tools and cash are stored.
Commissioner of Police, Michael Matthews noted that the community continues to benefit from the hard work of the CID burglary team specifically set up to identify the culprits responsible for the most recent business burglaries.
“The apprehension of those few, selfish individuals whose intent is to make a dishonest living from hardworking businesses trying to get back on their feet from the storms of last year benefits all of us. I appreciate the long hours already spent by the burglary team,” he said.
While individuals have been charged and granted bail conditions, the community needs to remain vigilant.
CID Detectives are encouraging businesses to install the necessary alarm and camera systems and to keep a current inventory stock with serial numbers of all electronic items and construction tools at stores and construction sites and mark these items if possible.
Businesses and individuals are also urged to take photos of jewelry items. During search warrants, all the evidence Police need to render these items stolen is proof by the legal owner.
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force continues to make its appeal for information into other persons who are breaking and illegally entering premises. Persons can contact the RVIPF Intelligence Unit at 368-9339. All information will be held in the strictest confidence.