Police apprehend two minors during robbery

PHILIPSBURG–Jewellery Avenue was the latest victim of a jewellery store robbery close to 1:00pm Thursday.

Police managed to arrest two of four youngsters who assaulted store staff during the heist.

Acting police spokesman Inspector Steven Carty informed the media that police had received numerous calls from the public regarding an armed robbery that was taking place at a jewellery store located on Kanaalsteeg.

“Due to the swift reaction of the patrols, they arrived at the moment the culprits were fleeing the scene on scooters. An intense pursuit followed, whereby the culprits ditched their bikes. As a result, a foot pursuit by several of the officers ensued whereby they managed to apprehend two of the suspects.

“The rest of the area was also cordoned off in search of the other two suspects. Members of the Forensic Team and K-9 unit were also called in to assist in the search. A home search was carried out and items of value in connection to the case were retrieved. At the station the suspects were heard by the acting prosecutor,” stated Carty in his police report.

The four minors were violent during the incident and injured two employees by striking them on their heads with the weapons they were carrying. They also smashed the showcase counter, took an undisclosed amount of jewellery from the business and fled the scene on motorbikes.

The Police Force thanks the public who assisted them in any way in apprehending the culprits. Further investigation is being carried out by the Detective Department.

“If anybody has got any information about this case, even if it seems very minimal, please contact us at 542-2222 and ask for the Detective Department. You can also come to the station to talk in person to one of the detectives that’s handling this case. If you want to share your information anonymously, you can call our tip line on 9300,” concluded Carty.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/61533-police-apprehend-two-minors-during-robbery