The police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred last night [Apr.2], which saw four people – including one female — armed with a machete and gun force their way into a residence, stealing personal items from the occupants.
A police spokesperson said, “Around 8:30pm on Monday, April 2nd, 2012, police responded to a report of aggravated burglary at a residence in Devonshire near the junction of Middle Road and Hermitage Road.
“It appears that four suspects were involved; one female and three males, all wearing dark colored clothing with hoodies and scarfs covering their faces. One of the men is alleged to have brandished a machete while another had what appeared to be a firearm.
“The suspects forced their way into the residence and demanded money and jewelry from the occupants. The suspects then quickly left the residence with a quantity of cash, jewelry and a PlayStation 3. No one was injured.
“Officers immediately conducted an area search for the offenders and inquiries are ongoing. Police are appealing for any witnesses or anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area around the time of the incident is asked to call the Serious Crime Unit on 247-1079, or confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.”
2012 has seen a number of armed robberies thus far, with victims including tourists, a taxi driver, a liquor store employee as well as residents of a Hamilton parish home. Victims are reported to have had guns pointed to their heads, and in one instance a female victim was alleged to have been sexually assaulted at gunpoint.
On March 5th a taxi driver dropped off a fare in the Lolly’s Lane, Smith’s parish area when he was accosted by two men, one brandishing a gun, who stole a quantity of cash from him before escaping on a motorcycle.
That same night two men — one armed — gained entry into a Southampton guest cottage and stole a quantity of cash, a laptop and two mobile phones before escaping. The victims, an American visitors and her two children, were not physcially injured.
On March 15th there was an armed robbery at Serpentine Liquors on Serpentine Road in Pembroke at approximately 4.30 in the afternoon, and on March 19th an armed robbery was committed in the Trinity Church Road, Hamilton parish area with two armed men breaking into a home and stealing items including and a motorcycle which they escaped on..
In addition there was an armed home invasion in Devonshire on January 3, an armed home invasion in the Friswells Hill area on January 15, and at least two instances of motorcyclists being forced to stop by armed men this year.
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