Busy weekend in crime fight

This past weekend proved to be a busy one for law enforcement agencies throughout The Bahamas.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) in Grand Bahama is continuing the fight against car theft. The quick action by officers of the mobile division resulted in the arrest of three males for stolen vehicles in two separate incidents over the weekend.

On Sunday, RBPF Assistant Superintendent of Police and Public Affairs and Communication Officer (PACO) Terecita Pinder provided information on the matters.

In the first incident, on Saturday June 9, shortly before 1:00 p.m., officers of the Mobile Division, acting on information, saw a vehicle with two males. The Central Detective Unit was conducting an investigation regarding the stolen vehicles.

Officers gave chase and while in the area of Grenfell Avenue they were able to arrest both suspects.

In the second incident, on the same date shortly after 2:00 p.m., officers of the Mobile Division, while on mobile patrol, and acting on information went to the Kennedy Circle area, where they arrested a male who was found in a vehicle that was reported stolen that morning.

The male suspect was arrested and taken into police custody.

They are all expected to be arraigned before the Magistrate Court early this week.

Just the day before these arrests were made Joshua Lewis age 19 years of Sunset Subdivision was arraigned before Magistrate Charlton Smith in Magistrate Court 2 on two counts of Stealing a vehicle.

He pleaded guilty to both matters and was sentenced to two years at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS).

This arraignment occurred just days after the RBPF took the initiative to warn members of the public on the risks involved with online shopping, particularly concerning vehicles.

Superintendent of Police Brian Rolle of the Central Detective Unit in Grand Bahama stated that for the past several weeks police have received complaints from persons whose vehicles had been stolen and further investigation revealed that other people are reaching out to others, selling items on Facebook.

Rolle gave the warning for individuals to know who they are purchasing items from beforehand and not carry cash with them to meet that person.

He also advised potential sellers on what they can do to ensure that their buyers are legitimate.

“Make sure you do not give your keys to persons to go and drive your vehicle because there have been incidents where persons drove off with a vehicle without paying the seller for it.

“Stolen vehicles are also often spray painted a different color to go undetected from the police.

:Persons are also reportedly selling stolen car parts on line as well and we asked the public to be mindful of that,” said Rolle.

In other local crime news, drugs were recently discovered by police officers.

Reports are that on Saturday (June 9) shortly after10:00 a.m., officers of the Central Detective Unit acting on information, went to an area on Frobisher Drive where they searched a derelict vehicle and discovered two plastic bags containing a quantity of suspected marijuana. The drugs were collected and the area checked for suspects. No arrest was made in this matter. Police are actively investigating these matters.

Also on Saturday (June 9), police in Grand Bahama arrested one male for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Shortly after 12:00 a.m. on Saturday (June 9) officers of Operation Clean Sweep, and armed with a search warrant, proceeded to a resident on Sunridge Road, where they discovered a black and chrome .357 revolver with (10) live rounds of .357 ammunition that was hidden in a 1996 Toyota Corolla vehicle parked at that residence.

He was taken into police custody and is expected to be arraigned before the Magistrate Court in Freeport early this week as well.

In national crime news, police are seeking the public’s help in solving the country’s latest homicide.

Police officers in New Providence are investigating a shooting incident Saturday (June 9) which left an adult male dead.

Shortly before 10:00 p.m., police responded to Refuge Court, Hollywood Subdivision, off Cowpen Road, after receiving information that a man had been shot. Further information revealed that a man had just arrived at home with his children, when a Japanese vehicle pulled up behind him.

Reportedly, a male armed with a firearm, approached him and demanded cash. The gunman searched his pockets, then shot him before getting back into the vehicle and speeding away. Paramedics were called to the scene and made attempts to revive the injured man, but were unsuccessful.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigations are ongoing.

Illegal ammunition and dangerous drugs were recovered in the capital over the weekend. Royal Bahamas Police Force efforts led to a quantity of ammunition and dangerous drugs being recovered from the streets of New Providence, Saturday (June 9).

Shortly after 6 p.m. on that day, Drug Enforcement Officers acting on information, conducted a search of a bushy area at Seaview Close off Baillou Hill Road, and recovered 50 rounds of 9 millimeter ammunition and a small quantity of marijuana.

No arrest was made in this matter. Investigations are ongoing.

Police in Abaco arrested an American male after he was found in possession of dangerous drugs.

According to reports, on Friday, June 8, shortly before 10:00 a.m., an American male was arrested by police while at the Leonard .M. Thompson International Airport for possession of dangerous drugs.

He was arraigned before the Marsh Harbor Stipendiary and Circuit Magistrate Ancella Evans, pleaded guilty to the charge, was fined $300 and deported back to the United States of America.

Police continue to appeal to anyone with information regarding any crime, no matter how small or insignificant the tip may seem, to anonymously call police at 919 or crime stoppers at 328-tips (8477) (New Providence) or 1-242-300-8477 (Family islands.)

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