St. Maarten Police Report

POSTED: 03/21/16 7:11 PM

Suspect arrested

Detectives have arrested a man with the initials S.M.C. (33) as a suspect in the ongoing investigation of ill-treatment which took place on February 19th 2016. The victim was a crew-member of a cruise ship that stayed overnight on Sint Maarten. The victim suffered a complicated lower leg fracture a result of a beating he received from a Gypsy driver and two other friends when he refused to pay U.S$ 20,- for a ride to the cruise facilities from the Carolina Night Club in Sucker garden. The suspect remains in custody for further investigation.

Suspect arrested for fencing

Detectives from the Special Robbery Unit have arrested a man with initials D.M.C. (35) for the fencing of goods that were stolen during an armed robbery which took place on March 2nd 2016 on Windsor Road in Cole bay. The suspect remains in custody for further investigation and the items that were bought were confiscated.

Female robbed at gunpoint

The Special Robbery Unit Is presently investigating an armed robbery which took place on Wednesday March 16th at approximately 11.50 a.m. at the Pitusa Apartment building on the A. Th. Illidge road. According to the female victim she was unexpectedly attacked by an unknown man who had his face covered and was carrying a handgun. This man forced his way into her apartment and threatened her with his gun. He then stole her bag containing an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene in the direction of Sunny Foods. Several police patrols were sent to the scene to investigate. A suspect in this case has not yet been identified or arrested.

Gypsy driver arrested at cruise facility

A male Gypsy taxi driver with initials H.C.C. operating in the vicinity of the A. C. Wathey Cruise Facility was arrested on Thursday March 17th at approximately 11.40 a.m. when he was approached by a police patrol and who were in the process of writing him a fine for illegal parking. The suspect became very aggressive, using profanity and very insulting towards the officers. At one point the suspect threatened one officer letting him to know he will be dealt with when he, the suspect, meets him alone on the road. The officers decided to arrest the suspect who immediately started resisting the arrest. The officers managed to put the suspect in handcuffs and took him to the police station for further investigation.

Road closures and traffic diversions in connection with the “Cause Way jump-up”

In connection with the upcoming “Cause Way” jump-up which is scheduled for Saturday March 19th 2016 the police department is announcing the following; the jump-up will start 08.00 p.m. at Kim Sha Beach on the Welfare road head towards the West Side roundabout, Cause Way bridge, East side roundabout, Union road, Welfare road and end at Kim Sha Beach. During the jump-up side streets/roads on this route will be temporarily be closed off and traffic will be diverted until the jump-up arrives at its final destination. All drivers should take keen notice of this information to avoid any unnecessary delays or inconvenience.

Road-tax traffic controls

The Police Department is hereby reminding the general public that the controls for unpaid road- tax will commence on Monday March 21st 2016. All motor vehicle owners/driver should make sure that the road-tax for their vehicle is paid. The license plates should be bolted on or attached to the front and rear of the vehicle. The license plates should not be covered with any foreign or tinted plastic material. The license plates should not be cut or tampered with in any other form or fashion.

The Tax Administration, div: Receiver’s office, has also inform the general public that in cooperation with Police Dept. (KPSM), controls on payment for motor vehicle taxes 2016 will commence as of Monday, March 21st, 2016. Before this time, all vehicles must carry the 2016 plates and must also be visible to the police. In accordance with art. 25 of the Motor Vehicle Tax Ordinance, drivers/owners of vehicles who are non-compliant with the above-mentioned will be fined Naf 300.00. In addition to the fine, drivers will have to endure the inconvenience of having their vehicles confiscated.

What to do in the event your vehicle is confiscated.

In the event your vehicle is confiscated, you must go to the Receivers’ Office with valid insurance and inspection card and pay the motor vehicle taxes for the vehicle.

After making payment to the Receiver, you proceed with your motor vehicle tax receipt to the Police Department. The Police Dept. will provide you with a release form, with which you will go to the towing company specified on the release form in order to retrieve your vehicle.

How much will this cost?

In order to retrieve your vehicle, you will first have to pay to the towing company up to $ 85.00 towing charges and $ 15.00 per day storage fee. Based on art. 25 of the Motor Vehicle Tax Ordinance, you will also have to pay the fine of Naf 300.00, issued by the police. This must be paid at the Receivers’ Office.

Many license plates still unpaid for.

The latest information from the Receivers’ Office is that approximately 4000 license plates have not yet been paid for and picked up.

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