Police: Keep records, copies of important items

POSTED: 04/3/11 4:00 PM

St. Maarten – The police have urged residents to keep a record of the serial numbers and brands of the items in their homes and to make copies of key documents like their passport, identification (I.D.) card, residence and employment permit and driver’s license etc. The urging came after they dealt with a spate of robberies and break-ins on Thursday.

One of the larger incidents was a break-in on Mildrum Road between 8:00 and 12:15. Thieves had driven up to the house in a white Hyundai Getz, forced open a window and took a black, flat screen television, several cellular telephones and the remote for the television. Residents spotted the robbery and called the police and the latter was able to use a canine unit and patrol officers to prevent the thieves from getting away. Two men from the Dominican Republic – F.D., a 29 year old and R.A.M., a 31 year old, – were both arrested and detained and the owner of the stolen items has been able to retrieve the stolen goods.

On that same Thursday thieves broke into the office of Giovanny Services on Organ Pipe Cactus road through a window. Once inside they stole ablack microwave, two black IBM computers, one black dell computer, two Fujitsu Airconditioners and two car batteries. Thieves also stole two cars, one of which was later found in the Keys.

Police are also on the lookout for a 2006 Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle, which bears the number plate M-335. The bike was parked in front of the Princess Juliana International Airport between 3:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. According to the police report the victim intially believed that the person who owns the bike had taken it, because he still owed $1, 500 for it, and had a spare key. When he was told that is not the case, the theft was reported to the detective depeartment who are now investigating.

Police are also dealing a robbery where thieves made off with the black, front bumper of silver Hyundai Atos, which was parked on the Canniegieter Street between 8:00 p.m. on March 30 and 2:20 a.m. on March 31. They are also looking into the robbery of a house on the Welfare Road, where thieves stole two flat screen televisions and a cable box between 7:00 p.m. on March 30 and 9:00 a.m. on March 31.

Police are also searching for the crimina(s) who stole a camera, cable box, a bank book from the Windward Islands Bank and a Dutch passport. Police are also investigating the theft of a flat screen television, a gold colored wrist watch and a small amount of cash from a safe. Both robberies took place on Richardson Drive between 2:15 p.m and 6:00 p.m.

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