Mental Health Foundation on St. Maarten robbed

POSTED: 07/26/11 11:53 AM

St. Maarten – The Mental Health Foundation is one of the victims of a spate of robberies at the weekend. Police reported the break in alongside seven other incidents that occurred between Friday and Monday.

Thieves broke into the foundation’s office between 8:20 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. on Sunday morning and stole three Lenovo laptops, a Lenovo desktop and safe with important documents. A side window was identified as the entry point.

Break ins and attacks

The break-in at the Mental Health Foundation is just one of five incidents police dealt with. On Sunday morning they got a report from the manager of a business on Coralita Road that thieves broke in between 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and 7:00 a.m. on Sunday and stole a “considerable amount of cash” from the safe. The thieves gained access by destroying the building’s back wall.

Police have also reported that between July 10 and July 15 thieves entered a home on Pearl Road and stole two binoculars, a battery charger/compressor, a telescope, a DVD player, about five wall pictures and a small radio. The owners live abroad and only visit every six months.

The first robbery and attack took place between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. on Garden of Eden Road. The two victims say four unmasked men who had dark brown skin, short hair and clad in jeans stepped out of a blue car and searched their pockets. The thieves took $200, an Anguillan passport and a driver’s license from one man and an I.D card, SVB card and a mobile telephone from the second man. The thieves then escaped in their blue car and the rented gold Hyundai Tucson that the victims were in.

Car thefts

Friday’s incidents were car thefts that prompted police to stress their advice that people be careful when leaving their car. In the first incident a mechanic reported that thieves stole a Toyota Corolla that belongs to one of his clients from Roses Road next to Cake House. The second incident is the theft of a white Daihatsu Charade. The female owner who went to pick up a friend parked the car on Welfare Road and thieves who noticed she’d left the door unlocked and the keys in the ignition took off with the vehicle.

The lone incident police reported about on Saturday was related to an unattended Red Hyundai H-100 pickup that was parked at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex while the owner was at practice. Thieves smashed the window on the right side and stole a Nokia cellular phone and a black and white Philips DVD player.


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