Upscale heists

Police have arrested three Argentinians believed to be responsible for stealing millions of dollars in cash and gold from affluent neighbourhoods across the island.

Sources close to the probe tell Barbados TODAY that between late last year and yesterday, the trio hit houses from the South to the West Coast, including the Sandy Lane, St James community, Fort George and Regency Park, Christ Church, and at least one business.

They were caught in a police sting operation yesterday after investigators were tipped off that the men were attempting to break into a house in Fort George.

“They were caught in the act,” one source said.

“In addition to targeting the rich, they were also targeting business owners who make large sums of money daily, driving behind them [to their homes] when they leave work and then when they leave work they would break into
the houses.”

Investigations are still ongoing and no charges had been laid up to this evening.

This is the second case in the last five months of foreigners carrying out massive thefts in Barbados.

In October last year, two Bulgarians were arrested in what was the country’s largest case of automated teller machine (ATM) fraud.

The duo, who were reportedly part of an organized crime group that travelled to various countries across the globe committing ATM fraud, stole about $1/2 million from the accounts of customers at local banks.

Meantime, police are also investigating a separate massive theft.

Police public relations officer Inspector David Welch said today that two armed men, wearing masks, robbed a private residence in the Sandy Lane, St James community around 3 a.m.

Several pieces of high-end jewellery – including a Rolex watch – and a large sum of cash were stolen.

Welch did not provide details about the value of the stolen merchandise, but sources say it is substantial and could be near $1 million.

Members of the public with information about that heist are being asked to help police.

Welch has asked anyone with tips that could lead to the arrest of the culprits to call 430-7189 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIPS (8477).

In a separate development, a man robbed the Tropicana Jewellery Store yesterday around 8:15 a.m. and escaped with several pieces of jewellery. He is still at large.

dawneparris@barbadostoday.bb

13 Responses to Upscale heists

  1. Lorraine Lewis
    Lorraine Lewis February 5, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Good going RBPF

    Reply
  2. Zakir Hussain Patel
    Zakir Hussain Patel February 5, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    WTF is really happening here in Bim, Excellent work by de Police, however stiffer penalties are needed to stop dis in its tracks, chop off de hands to start wid, den send dem to courts for more punishment

    Reply
  3. Zakir Hussain Patel
    Zakir Hussain Patel February 5, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    WTF is really happening here in Bim, Excellent work by de Police, however stiffer penalties are needed to stop dis in its tracks, chop off de hands to start wid, den send dem to courts for more punishment

    Reply
  4. Jason Callendar Ramsay
    Jason Callendar Ramsay February 5, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Fantastic work by the police force & this info will be all over the internet & will demonstrate that Barbados does not mess around, well done!

    Reply
  5. Carol Marshall
    Carol Marshall February 5, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Praise God that these crooks have been caught we don’t need no one running the real tourists who helping to build us up.

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  6. Carol Marshall
    Carol Marshall February 5, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Praise God that these crooks have been caught we don’t need no one running the real tourists who helping to build us up.

    Reply
  7. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway February 5, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Good to hear RBPF ,, well done.

    Reply
  8. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks February 6, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Poor Bim every body robbing we thank God they catch them make them pay well

    Reply
  9. Troy P Hoyte
    Troy P Hoyte February 6, 2014 at 1:03 am

    I glad they got caught red handed, some idiots started to blame the government.

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  10. Gillian Robinson
    Gillian Robinson February 6, 2014 at 1:56 am

    Well done RBPF. Excellent job!

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  11. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer February 6, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Tings gine get wuhsserer

    Reply
  12. Malina Juvi
    Malina Juvi February 6, 2014 at 3:07 am

    What kind of “tourist”are we inviting to our country again?

    Reply
  13. Clyde February 6, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    With the good,comes the bad,
    Just let the RBPF do its work to the fullest and you should be ok.
    Believe me,crime is all over,it just has to be contained.

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