Gold rush

copgolddisplayA business place in Bridgetown is under investigation, after police confiscated an estimated $10,000 worth of jewelry, which cops believe is associated with the cash-for-gold industry.

Without going into details, Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector David Welch, said this afternoon they were trying to determine how the jewellery ended up at the business outlet. Welch said the probe was currently at a sensitive stage and no one had yet been arrested.

The find, comprising identifiable rings and chains as well as unidentifiable gold pieces that had been stripped apart, was put on display this afternoon at District “A” Police Station on Station Hill for the news media.

Police are appealing to members of the public who had been robbed to contact them at 430-7189 or Criminal Investigations Department at District “A” to make arrangements for identifying the property.

“We are asking people to limit the amount of jewellery they wear. We are even asking them to stop (wearing) until we can get a handle on this situation,” Welch suggested.

He also asking Barbadians to also take special precautions, especially when they are wearing jewellery.

“We will continue to ask business places to cooperate with us in getting a handle on this (cash-for-gold) situation,” added the police PRO.

The police spokesman observed that people were being stalked … and targeted at bus stops and on public transport.

“Their jewellery is being snatched from outside and inside the buses. It’s an opportunistic crime,” Welch noted.

Crime Prevention Officer, Station Sergeant Stephen Griffith is advising Barbadians that when they are going home late at night after political, or any other events, to make sure they walk in groups.

“Make sure you also secure your homes before leaving for these meetings. Try not to park your cars too far away from where you are at these meetings and revisit your vehicles from time to time,” Griffith admonished.

Police Commissioner Darwin Dottin has said while the legitimate cash-for-gold traders were cooperating with the force, others were causing major challenges for law enforcement officers.

Government recently intervened by passing legislation that imposed a $50,000 fine, 10 years behind bars or both, on persons found guilty of stealing jewellery or scrap metal. (EJ)†

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