Armed Robbery At Wok Express On North Street

September 26, 2016 | 53 Comments

At around 10pm last night, police responded to an armed robbery at Wok Express at the junction of North Street and Union Street, in which a male “brandishing what is believed to be a firearm gained entry into the premises, demanded money and left with a quantity of cash.”

A police spokesperson said, “Around 10:10pm on Sunday, September 25th police officers were dispatched to a reported armed robbery at Wok Express, junction of North Street and Union Street in Pembroke.

“It appears that an unknown male brandishing what is believed to be a firearm gained entry into the premises, demanded money and left with a quantity of cash.

“The suspect, described as 5 feet 10 inches tall of slim build wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and a silver helmet, fled on a dark coloured motorcycle along Parsons Road.

“No employees of Wok Express were injured.

“Inquiries continue and any witnesses that may have seen suspicious activity near Wok Express [Hamilton] around 10pm Sunday should contact the Criminal Investigation Department on 247-1744 or the confidential Crime Stoppers hotline 800-8477.

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  1. Catherine Dalziel says:

    I”m so sorry to hear this. Glad the staff weren’t harmed – but psychologically it’s a different matter.

  2. Thinker says:

    Wow!!!! This disrespect for hard working individuals needs to STOP!!!!

  3. hISTORY says:

    There are too many bermudians unemployed or underemployed.

    You employers – keep on hiring foreigners over bermudians

    keep on

    • Really says:

      History, your really not well. Nothing gives you the right to use a gun and steal from people that are working. these men don’t want jobs, they are wantabe gangsters. what is sick is no one tells truth, people are getting sick of it, get them off the streets and send them to a prison in Mexico, I’m sure they would love some of our cash!

      • Real Deal says:

        Tell that to the people of Venezuela.

        But in Bermuda a lot of the young people are look for work.
        I hear them talk to each other on the bus. it goes like this.

        ” Wow you got a job ? How did you get a job ” they are talking about having a job as if it was something super rare. many young people don’t know how to hustle to make some cash. They only know that you get a job and you work and get paid on Friday.

        Me personally I been hustling whatever and where ever I can find while at the same time applying for jobs.

        I understand it is easier for me I guess because I have a lot of tools to do a lot of different things.

        • PBanks says:

          But would you or ‘hIstory’ be okay if you were the ones getting robbed or your house burgled? I feel for those out of a job, I’ve been there. And Belco doesn’t care if you’re not getting income. But there is no excuse for stealing from another person.

    • Cheers says:

      No excuse

    • Rhonnda Oliver says:

      So… you believe that businesses are responsible for these crimes? and that they are being committed by Bermudians who really want to work but haven’t been able to find a job in their area, or one at all?

      Interesting.

      • Make a new plan Stan says:

        Let’s do some crime economics……some criminal world supply and demand if you will…….

        The people committing these armed robberies would normally steal from family members (I guess) so MAYBE it’s that trickle down thing that everyone talks about but in a different way.

        There’s no money at home because granny, momma, auntie and sister ARE NOT employed…….

        The luxury items that used to be stolen from houses to sell on the streets have already been sold to cash for gold to make ends meet by those that are unemployed…….

        BUT even if they found something of value to sell……people who normally buy stolen items don’t have the money they used to have because they aren’t working……

        They can’t go and steal from the employed foreign worker because as soon as they make their money they send a good bit of it home……

        BUT they still need their fix…… ergo they have to take their thievery to the streets……..I’m just speculating……..but it STILL comes down to unemployment of Bermudians…….

        • Real Deal says:

          Your speculating is very logical.
          what we need is more data. we need to know more about the thieves that have been caught.
          we need data like
          age plot
          social status back ground
          economical back ground
          family support back ground

          What is in these social reports I always hear the judge asking for? dose that information get put to use?

          I though there was a program setup a long time ago to monitor at risk youth.

    • Nanny Pat says:

      Ok, so you want us to hire these thugs who come into our hard-earned businesses to threaten our lives with guns and steal from us? Does that make any sense?

      And don’t BOO HOO me here, these thugs aren’t stealing food for their starving babies at home. Pure scum.

    • Bermuda worker alongsude says:

      Hired because of people like you that want the works handed to you on a silver platter for doing NOTHING. I would only hire staff that are WILLING to work

    • Ridiculous says:

      Ridiculous comment! Some of us Bermudians are living off the government benefits in the UK but they aren’t reacting this way. Prove yourselves to be employable

      • The Original Truth™ says:

        UK is reacting the same way and many other countries are also. Euro Union influenced immigration laws in the UK is one of the main reasons for the brexit. If they break away from the union they wont have to follow their flawed immigration ideals. England wants their country and economy back and I can’t blame them for wanting this. A large portion of their tax dollars go to helping their child population. Why would a UK citizen want to pay taxes that go to child born to a Bermudian who has not put in even half the amount of taxes that citizen has.

      • Its me again says:

        The thing is… they are.

        Many Bermudian in England are in jail or are going to jail or are caught up doing the same things unemployed people here are doing.

    • serengeti says:

      Oh. A comment aimed at Chris Furbert.

    • Sick of hearing it says:

      You know Business can’t just bring in a foreigner to work right? They have to advertise and PROVE to immigration that no QUALIFIED Bermudian’s applied.

      • Witness says:

        Oh Please! So easy to prove! they just say sorry, you do not speak three languages or you do not have this [random, unrelated] certification that the foreigner has and BANG, the foreigner gets the job over US. I am tired of this crap.

        • Sick of hearing it says:

          That’s absolutely ridiculous and you know it. Some Bermudians have a damn chip on their shoulder and most (not all) believe that just because they are Bermudian they should be handed a job. Also, when it comes to foreigners being here, it because most (not all) Bermudians are not willing to start at the bottom and work their way up. We have sense of entitlement in the flipping country, but instead of owning up to that, we blame the people who come here and bust @$$ doing those lower end jobs.

      • Hurricane says:

        @ Sick of Living, whilst I’m not in agreement with the original comment about hiring foreign workers, you have got to be living in “lala land” if you believe that foreign workers aren’t being hired over qualified in MANY cases.

      • The Original Truth™ says:

        They only have to advertise for 8 measly days and just have to say there were no qualified Bermudians that applied. The only thing that gets proved is that the process in place is flawed. In other sensible places on this earth the immigration actually does the job tax payers pay them for and evaluate whether or not a company needs a permit worker through a labour market impact assessment.

    • Jus' Wonderin' says:

      Well take a job that’s “too good for you” and you will be hired…until then you know de rest!

    • ron,b says:

      they know this, the powers to be know that poverty breeds crime, psychologists have known this for decades, bermuda business owners have replaced local workers with cheap slave labour from third world countries,the locals are left out in the cold to provide for family by any means necessary, so they turn to crime,they are ultimately being pushed to feed bermudas prison system

    • wb guy says:

      The people who dislike this need to be enlightened

    • Anbu says:

      That a threat? So what….cause you happen to be unemployed that makes it cool to go hold up a store at gunpoint? Think your logic is flawed much? One of these days these lot are gonna hold up the wrong person. Someone who just dont care what happens to them, and at that time i hope the one being held up puts the robber in their place. Prefferebly 6 feet under. This island is finished.

    • bermy guy says:

      spot on with your comment “history” keep bringing foreigners to do work bermudians can do and this is what you get. you forget about the locals but we wont forget about u. i see foreigners driving trucks and doing minimal labour jobs, i know full well there are bermudians that could be doing those jobs. all the excuses to not hire bermudians, instead of hiring them and training them.

      and i have no sympathy, cause there is no sympathy for the local bermudians that are trying.

    • Pride says:

      I think MAWI need to up your meds or take away your internet time!

    • REALLY? says:

      To History….Are you kidding me? So immigration has the final say…. but when the non Bermudians are employed it’s understandable that something like this happens? there are loads of jobs that Bermudians can do that foreigners can’t… they need to get trained, get of their lazy “you know what” and push hard – determination… some people really think that just because we are Bermudian the world that we know it should revolve around us…. but that’s not realistic!

    • Vamos says:

      Bie, ya doppie!

    • NANA says:

      History! There is a lot of jobs out there but Bermudian wall sitters do not want to work. It is so easy to use foreigners as an excuse and go around robbing people and businesses.

    • Somers says:

      Sheesh, what a frigthening statement for you to make “hISTORY’. I would hope the police might investigate whomever you are after making that public comment. It’s that kind of mindset that has put us in the terrible place that we are in.

      • Real Deal says:

        you want to put tape over his mouth? or are you hoping for the police to find him and beat him? What are you hopping the police to do to him? do you see how silly your comment is? you cant silence someone because what they say is not sweet on your tong.

        • george says:

          @RealDeal, are you saying its okay to tell everyone to rob Bermudians at gunpoint?

          Cuz that is what hISTORY is threatening…

          if your sweet song is robbing your own people, no wonder this Island has troubles…

    • Comrad Sinkyboat says:

      stupid way to condone this act of terror, also you may be a prime example to your own statement, in the civilized world the word bermudians would start with a capital B. Your NOT hired

    • Hair says:

      Hey history, I have all Bermudian workers and they soooo want to work!!!De byes on the wall don’t want to.. I am a Bermudian who has been in business for almost 20yrs, thanks to my Bermudian staff.. go figure!!

    • karma says:

      I doubt VERY strongly that armed robberies have anything to do with our guest workers and likely more to do with the fact that these thugs don’t want to work at all and just want easy cash.
      Why go and work a 9-5 when you can just stick a gun in someone’s face and demand (and get) the cash in the till?
      Ba$tards.

    • Spit Bouy says:

      hISTORY,

      That’s pretty pathetic and you know it. Here’s a thought, how about you start a business and hire some of them and other unemployed Bermudians. I know, I know, that’s not your responsibility!

  4. Justice says:

    WTF does that have to do with it?

    • NANA says:

      Read between the lines and figure it out for yourself.

    • wahoo says:

      There are some people in our midst that think that the people committing armed robbery are only doing it because they are unable to get jobs. Then there are the people among us who know that those committing armed robbery are doing it because they are lazy, drug dependent punks. Why they are what they are is up to debate but I know it wasn’t always this way so the answer/solution lies in our past….so what did we lose along the way?

      Either way we have a problem and the courts and prisons are not working as a deterrent to this crap, meanwhile the rest of us are paying by having our sense of security taken away, so in effect we are all being robbed in one way or another.

      The real shame is that politicians will tell you they have the answers but they don’t and they know it.

  5. Onionjuice says:

    You #@#holes.. that keep doing this.. are just making it harder for you own families.. Prices will go up for everything.. security. extra staff. We will be a ghost town soon.. as it will be back to shutting up everything at 5.00 pm.

  6. Bermy greens says:

    The even sadder thing is soon come people are gonna take matters in their own hands . The streets talk and before anyone says tell the cops the info .they already have it and know who this little gang of punks are. Prob is is they don’t have the balls to harass this neighbor hood everyday and the lil punks that hang there also . They don’t want jobs they want to steal they want more guns and bullets. Stop blaming loss of jobs their parents have full time ones .these kids are punks nothing but punks who act hard with a gun but without that they are lil cats . We need to blast pic of these kids so Bermuda knows who they are and their parents know what their kid is involved in .cause half of them don’t and the other half do but are in denial until the day they are caught .then the mommas sit in court saying he was a good kid . This lil gang is the same ones robbing chains and holding stores at gunpoint . Everyone in town area knows who they are . look at the map of robberies people . The gunman isn’t gonna ride to St George’s or somerset it’s to far to go better chance of getting caught they live in town ! No put that in ya pipe and smoke it !

  7. Oppressed says:

    Most of these pieces of S**T are grown hairy a**ed men, still nursing off Momma and her bank account.

  8. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    Robbery is robbery ,and stealing ,is stealing,,,,everybody gets hurt.Even the culprit if you catch him.We all need to get involved from a moral view point,instead of putting our hands behind our backs and saying ,its none of my business.Its all of our business.Peace.

  9. Widget says:

    It’s amazing how quickly most of you that write within this form stray from the point of subject.

    My view is that the person or persons that robbed this establishment are simply thieves and lazy. Stop with the other lexcuses.

  10. Widget says:

    It’s amazing how quickly most of you that write within this form stray from the point of subject.

    My view is that the person or persons that robbed this establishment are simply thieves and lazy. Stop with the other excuses.

  11. Its me again says:

    These comments all prove that Bermuda has no idea what causes this problem and how to fix it.

  12. Oh,I see now says:

    Wahoo you asked ,”What did we lose along the way?We lived vicariously through our children and let them off the hook as far as their responsibilities.We were made to do homework,chores,respect adults,teachers and give up seats to elders.A lot of us had sneakers that were gym and play shoes.No money for a s..tload of toys hurt our feelings but didn’t put us into therapy.We also knew that if you wanted something you were made to get a part time job and earn it.Everything is just given to these kids and we leave them to dangle in the breeze without character and a sense of purpose.I also believe we were too caught up in our lives and not enough in our children’s.Going to a school play or every other parent teachers meeting does not a good parent make.To answer your question what did we lose along the way I answer we just lost our way.

  13. Bermuda Jake says:

    I suggest a shift from cash transactions to card transactions. Sadly brought on by the risk of being targeted. This is now a regular feature at these small outlets.

    Our unemployment and poor education does see an increase in crime but that doesn’t excuse the crime. We can tackle the causes and deal with the consequences at the same time.

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