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Alleged generator thieves arrested & charged

Alleged generator thieves arrested & charged

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has made breakthroughs in several burglaries with four arrests in break-ins around Tortola in past two weeks.

Two of the arrests are in comnection with thefts of generators.

Detectives charged both Thurman Smith, 43, of Old Plantation and Eric Casey, 30, Scatliffe Alley with the burglary and theft of two generators, one Stihl blower, two vacuums and a power wash which were recovered.

Bamboushay Restaurant burglary

The RVIPF in a press release today, October 7, 2021, also said a man suspected of burglarising Bamboushay Restaurant was arrested and charged.

KieAndre Williams, 18, of Paraquita Bay was charged with two burglaries; one of a business in Paraquita Bay and the other Bamboushay Restaurant.

Marvin Gumbs, 44, of no fixed place of abode, was charged with entering a private home in Lower Estate and for later assaulting a man in a parking lot. He was placed on remand for his later appearance at the Magistrate’s Court.

Two of the arrests were of persons suspected of thieving generators.

Security cameras played a role in arrests

Police previously reported an uptick in thefts of generators, water pumps and tools left around private properties and road sides unattended with one resident of Hodge’s Creek reporting generators stolen from her property.

Head of the Criminal Investigations Department Chief Inspector Paula Alleyne noted the importance that cameras played in identifying the perpetrators and is encouraging business owners to ensure that these security devices are in place and functional.

“Our detectives have greater success at identifying the individuals responsible if cameras capture activity in and around premises particularly at night. It can be an invaluable tool in our fight to keep crime at a minimal,” she said.

Persons are asked to ensure that valuable items stored outside homes and sheds are secured when not in use.

Opportunistic thieves look for items such as generators and tools which can easily be stolen from premises, according to the RVIPF.


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