Police report five robberiesPOSTED: 08/14/12 11:54 AM
St. Maarten – The police reported five robberies yesterday that were – with the exception of one – all committed last week Wednesday. One 16-year-old boy, K.D., was arrested. He is described as someone “well known to the police.”
The first robbery took place at the No Rest Agencies in Cole Bay around 4 p.m. Two men dressed in black wearing hoods rushed into the establishment armed with a shotgun and a handgun. They forced everybody to lie down on the floor, but the robbers did not take anything. When they left the building one of the robbers hit the business-owner with the butt of the shotgun on the back of his head. The suspects fled in the direction of Orange Grove.
At 7 p.m. a bike patrol arrested a shoplifter in Philipsburg who had moments before his arrest stolen several items from Penny’s on Back street. He was taken in for questioning.
At 7.45 p.m. a masked man armed with a handgun entered the Welcome Supermarket on Welfare Road where he forced the cashier to hand over the money in the cash register, before fleeing in the direction of Union Road.
Three quarters of an hour later a bus driver on Union Road was robbed by three young men. When they stepped out of the bus they pressed a gun against the back of the driver’s head and forced him to hand over all of his money.
The gunman was later recognized by the bus driver, because just twenty minutes later he was shot at by police during a robbery at the Blue Fox supermarket in Cay Bay. A police patrol confronted two robbers who were dressed in black and armed with a shotgun and a machete. The 16-year-old K.D. was arrested on the spot.
On Friday evening around 7.30 p.m. the Yun Way supermarket on Narrow road in Cole Bay was robbed by two men dressed in black with hoods over their heads. They were armed with a handgun and a machete. They forced the cashier to hand over the money from the till and hit him on his head with the gun. The robbers fled in the direction of the French border.