Male Steals Visitor’s Handbag On Railway Trail

June 11, 2015

A hammer wielding suspect — believed to be 16 or 17 years old — robbed a female visitor of her handbag yesterday afternoon on the Railway Trail in Sandys. Despite being pursued by the visitors, the suspect escaped on foot with a quantity of cash.

A police spokesperson said, “Detectives are currently investigating a reported robbery that occurred along the Railway Trail in Sandys parish between Somerset Bridge and Sound View Road Wednesday afternoon.

“It appears that around 1:30pm Wednesday, June 10th a visiting couple was walking along a section of the Railway Trail, in the vicinity of the Heydon Trust property, when they were accosted by an unknown male apparently brandishing a hammer.

“The female visitor’s pink ‘leather looking’ handbag was taken by the perpetrator who escaped on foot, despite being pursued by the visitors. The couple was not injured.

“The bag was said to contain a quantity of cash and a cell phone. The offender, believed to be aged 16 or 17, was described as a light complexioned black male wearing a white T-shirt and khaki pants – the bottom of which were below the knee.

“This type of crime is highly unusual, particularly in the area it took place, and investigators would like to speak with anyone who may have seen the described culprit.

“Witnesses or persons with relevant information should contact the Criminal Investigations Department on the main police telephone number 295-0011 or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline 800-8477.”

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  1. Regina says:


    “This type of crime is highly unusual, particularly in the area it took place, and investigators would like to speak with anyone who may have seen the described culprit.”

    Yea, usually we only have SHOOTINGS in this area.

    • and I'm sticking to it says:

      key word, “type” of crime.

      In definition, that it is a handbag robbery of a visitor which doesn’t happen often.

      Shootings, perhaps, and still not very often. handbag robbery, no.

      see the difference?

  2. Kangoocar says:

    If caught, this oxygen hogger should be tied to the flag pole for all to see on Front street and whipped until he loses consciousness!!!! People that do these types of things make me sick!!!! I would not be surprised if his momey thinks he is such a good little boy???

    • Awake says:

      Those that dislike your comment don’t surprise me in the least. Let me guess, the perpetrator has a good reason, such as…he’s hungry! He should rob the “dislikers” and you’ll see how fast they change their opinions about robbers!

      • Staffernee says:

        Maybe they’re disliking the “justice” the OP would like to dole out? Publicly humiliating a minor and whipping them to unconsciousness seems a tad above and beyond the punishment for such a crime. Petty theft involving a minor, in most western countries, usually requires some community service or a small stint in a juvenile detention centre – not corporal punishment.

        • Regina says:

          Petty? You mean ARMED robbery…which is usually pre-meditated unless of course he regularly takes his hammer for daily walks on the railway trail. Luckily these visitors gave him what he wanted. This could have turned out even worse. Is that what you are referring to as a “petty” crime deserving of community service?

          Yea, sounds like someone might be related here.

        • Zevon says:

          Petty theft? Threatening a tourist with a hammer? There’s always an spologist for the little thugs I guess.

        • Menstral Cyclist says:

          Petty – He threatened someones safety or life by threatening them with a f’n hammer you idiot! I won’t how you would feel if it was your grandmother, mother, sister, aunt, cousin or daughter that was threatened and robbed!

          Have you ever been threatened and robbed!!!! You don’t just walk away and say oh well I will report it and move on. Most have nightmares , loose sleep, and live in fear!

          • Raymond Ray says:

            Without a doubt, this types of experience can be quite traumatic for the individuals and leave an indelible “bad taste” in their mouths, needless in me mentioning them ever returning to, or recommending Bermuda a safe haven, where tourist are welcomed…
            I hope the individual is caught and then dealt the maximum punishment permitted by our Laws! I wish,(if there isn’t already)victims of such crimes can be compensated for their loss…especially our tourist :-(

            • John says:

              Too right RR. I am returning this year to your once lovely Island after 50 years away. The scene where this insane crime took place is where my wife and I walked after we were married and we were looking forward to repeating a ‘golden’ stroll. Now in our mid 70′s, I doubt if we will be brave enough to risk it!

              • John says:

                … all this, apart from the fact that I have informed a National Newspaper of my special trip to Bermuda and promised to submit them a resume. Should I sweep such occurences under the carpet or does the rest of the world need to know?

                Come on Bermuda, get a grip!

  3. D says:

    This island is going crazy 1st its the bank robbers 2nd the station charity money now this all within 3days ooooh the taxi got that got robbed also

  4. Terry says:

    All by design my friends.

    A ticket to Britain is already paid for from the funds stolen.

    Watch and see.

  5. High Road says:

    scum bag

  6. impressive. says:

    Now that is horrifying. I feel terrible for the victims.. Hope the perpetrator is caught.. No excuse for such nonsense. Sad

  7. Bermerican says:

    Disgusted and embarrassed! This is the fourth robbery crime this week wth!!

  8. Triangle Drifter says:

    This reminds me…how is the investigation going on that handbag snatcher caught on camera on South Road last year coming along?

    • X Factor says:

      Word on the street is that one of them won’t be caught…he had to explain his actions to God in person…

      • Triangle Drifter says:

        Oh really! Lets hope his pledings were not good enough & he was sent for a roasting.

    • Spectator says:

      Before the courts the other day….

  9. Christopher Notorius says:

    Cue for Mockingbore to blame the BTA and to quote Hanbury’s daily rate.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      Don’t forget ‘ 2 different Bermudas ”

  10. wow says:

    What is wrong with these teenagers? Seems like they could all use a dose of “smack upside the head”.

  11. Toodle-oo says:

    Kiss good bye another $1 mill and 3 year’s effort by the BTA
    And we wonder why , besides ( exorbitant costs ) our tourism numbers have been in the toilet since handbag snatches , etc became almost common in a place still falsely deemed ‘safe’ by people who live in la la land and have their heads jammed up their a***s.

  12. theothersidebermuda says:

    On my morning run today I saw a husband and wife in their jogging suits, mid-60s, taking a morning stroll. As we exchanged ‘good mornings’ I noted the man was carrying a small crowbar (quite clearly for protection) and I thought to myself “seriously, isn’t that being a bit overprotective?”…sadly it would seem he is justified for doing so these days!

  13. RealRasta says:

    Everyone is criticizing him but if you really think about it and place yourself in their shoes and im not saying what took place was cool because it damn sure wasn’t but you have to know what was this persons motive? if our government would provide jobs and a beter foundation for our youth maybe incidences like this wont occur.. so before you fight crime fight poverty

    • Zevon says:

      Idiot. This little git doesn’t want a job.
      There’s always people coming out of the woodwork to make excuses for little thugs aren’t there.

    • Onion Soup says:

      RealRasta, stop trying to make excuses and blaming the government for this criminal behaviour. It doesn’t matter what his motives were! It was wrong! Period! If he is able-bodied and has even half a brain, he can earn a living and not run around terrorizing and robbing people. As for the government, it is not responsible for providing jobs to anyone. Their job is to foster an environment that will attract others to create businesses that will in turn need workers. Also, the government is not responsible for creating a “foundation” for youth…it is up to the parents (sometimes with help from educators, the church, etc., when necessary) to guide their way.

  14. Now and later…

  15. Hint….if a weapon is utilised brandishing a hammer would be cause to use leathal force for a martial artist or common man with that inclination (stay alive)…because you really can’t be sure the lout won’t hit you with it anyway

    • Come Correct says:

      Duct tape, condoms, knife and a taser. Remember that story? Our justice system protects the criminals.

  16. I do not sympathize with armed robbers….neither should you…also if he is 16…his parents are liable for respiration to any and all this punk harms or steals from…by law!

  17. so think about your raising your children properly…you could be liable for their actions…..and courts should make parents pay damaged automaticly when children break law!

  18. Jus' Askin' says:

    The standards of a place can be determined by “how the Seniors are treated and the Youth behave”
    BDA is looking BAD :-(

    • Zevon says:

      The standards of parenting can be determined by how their youths behave. Certain people seem to be utterly clueless parents. That’s for sure.

  19. BermyGuy says:

    16 or 17 years old? I highly doubt it! Bermudians look very young for their ages. I’m 28 and people think I’m like 21. So I’m sure this male was pass 21.

  20. yess says:

    Even as a child my parents always said to stay off the railway trails. I still do not go on them to this day!

    • impressive. says:

      no disrespect, bt thats a silly comment.. In that case, should I not go to the Bank of Butterfield anymore?? smdh/