Police in Grand Bahama have reported two armed robberies, less than 48 hours apart, at the start of the new year.
This daily reported the first incident on Tuesday, January 8, when according to police reports, two male culprits entered a business establishment in the International Bazaar, brandishing a firearm, shortly after 1:00 a.m. on Monday, January 7.
The report continued that one of the assailants was armed with a firearm.
The duo proceeded to rob the cashier of cash, as well as to hold two patrons at bay, also robbing them of cash and other personal items.
The culprits made good their escape and local authorities appealed to the public to come forward with any information that may assist in solving the first reported armed robbery in the country for the year.
Less than 48 hours later, local police officials reported yet another armed robbery at a local business establishment, also involving two male assailants.
The latest incident occurred shortly after 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8.
Details from police revealed that two male culprits, entered a business establishment on Logwood Road and Yellow Pine Street and held the cashier at bay.
“Reports are that shortly after 9:00 p.m. two male culprits entered a business establishment on Logwood Road and Yellow Pine Street, brandishing a firearm and wearing masks. They proceeded to rob the cashier of personal items and took an undetermined amount of money from the cash register before fleeing the area,” the police press statement revealed.
Police are also appealing to the public for any information in locating the culprits and are asking for anyone with information that can assist them in bringing the above-mentioned matters to a close to contact the Central Detective Unit here on Grand Bahama at 350-3107 through 12, 911/919 or contact their nearest police station. The public is reminded that they may remain anonymous with any crime related information.
Meanwhile, RBPF officials in New Providence are on the look-out for two male culprits responsible for that island’s first reported armed robbery for the year. Incidentally, the crime also took place on Tuesday, January 8.
According to reports, the crime took place shortly after 7:00 p.m. on Collins Avenue, in the area of Plantol Street.
The victim of the robbery, a pedestrian, was unharmed during the incident. Reports stated that the victim, while walking on Collins Avenue was approached by two armed men who robbed him of his wallet that contained cash as well as other personal documents before fleeing on foot.
With a decrease in reported armed robberies for 2018 when compared to 2017, with 474 and 575 respectively, amounting to an 18 percent decrease, Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson expressed on the morning of Tuesday, January 8, during the release of his 2018 Crime Statistics report that he is still not pleased with the numbers.
“Armed robberies have decreased (but) we are still not happy with the fact of people going around and taking people’s property from them. Some Bahamians have to learn to be content with what they have. We still have a major problem, particularly with our young men, with not being content with what they are provided with. That creates a major problem. Can you imagine, working so hard, just receiving your paycheck and before you arrive home, someone targets you and takes it away from you, or someone with a business and you have someone pretending to be a customer and then pulls a gun on you?
“We also have incidents where persons are employed, gainfully employed and are setting up robberies. There are a lot of things impacting this whole issue of armed robberies, and people are not satisfied.”
Of the 474-armed robberies that were reported last year, 12 were reported here on the island of Grand Bahama, 443 on the island of New Providence and the remaining 19 were reported on Family Islands.