PHILIPSBURG—Police have arrested several more persons in the act of looting over the past few days.
Since the aftermath of hurricane Irma, a 24-hour curfew was issued by Prime Minister William Marlin for the entire Dutch side of the island.
As the situation on the island started to improve, Marlin changed this curfew to a more lenient one. This curfew is to allow law enforcement to provide the necessary safety and security for all citizens and to allow the clean-up services to continue with the cleaning. The curfew is valid from 8:00am to 3:00pm.
The Prosecutor in collaboration with the police department announced recently that all persons in violation of the curfew will be arrested, taken to the police station and will have to go through the legal process. These persons will have to pay a hefty fine as a conditional dismissal before being released. There is a chance that the violator can perform community service on the request of the Prosecutor in charge.
On Wednesday, three persons were arrested for the violations of the curfew and are presently going through the legal process. The Police Force along with the assistance of the additional law enforcement officials presently on the island will strictly enforce this curfew with a “Zero” tolerance policy in place.
“The Force sends out a very strong message to the entire population informing them that they should stay at home and not to venture out on the streets during the curfew. This warning is to avoid any unnecessary inconveniences, delays and/or penalties,” Police spokesperson Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson stated in a press release.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/69400-more-arrested-for-looting-on-st-maarten