Weekend of robberies



NASSAU — Police are warning people to be on the lookout after seven armed robberies were reported in New Providence over the weekend.

In the wake of the robberies Superintendent Clayton Fernander yesterday warned people to be aware of their surroundings when wearing expensive jewellery as it could make them a target of attacks.

The superintendent also said police had “one or two” reports of persons being carjacked after being involved in minor car accidents.

“We are concerned about these armed robberies and the trend is persons with jewellery and then sometimes vehicles are targeted,” Fernander said.

“A trend we noticed that is developing is where an accident is staged, someone will bump into you and when you come out to check your vehicle then you will be robbed. We see a developing trend with respect to that, so we want members of the public to be on the alert.”

Fernander added that investigators are working to determine if the spate of robberies are connected, or are being committed by different perpetrators.

The latest incident occurred around 3 a.m. yesterday.

A man told police he was in the area of West Bay Street when the occupants of a Toyota Tercell robbed him of his green 2004 Honda Acura TL. The men were armed with a cutlass, police said.

Another man told police he was robbed of jewellery and cash while at the Sea Breeze Canal Saturday night. The victim said he had moored his boat at the canal around 8 p.m. Saturday when two men, armed with a handgun, stole from him.

The assailants left the area in a black Chevy Blazer, police said.

Another victim was robbed around 4 p.m. Saturday as he stood on Shirley Street, one of the country’s busiest thoroughfares.

The man said he was standing in front of the Sun Tee store when two men, clad in white shirts and blue jeans, approached him. The gun-toting suspects robbed him of cash and jewellery, then fled on foot, police said.

Police also said that a man was robbed of jewellery around 3 p.m. Saturday as he sat in his car while in the area of Stapleton Gardens. The victim said that three men in a silver Honda, robbed him of jewellery.

The men, who were armed with a handgun, then sped off. (Nassau Guardian)

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