PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The Special Robbery Unit is presently investigating a case of Chain snatching which took place on Wednesday April 13th at approximately 04.00 p.m.
The victim with initials F.W.R. stated that he was walking in Front Street in the vicinity of Shoe Tree when suddenly he felt that gold necklace was snatched from his neck.
When he reacted to what was going he realized that an unknown young man had pulled his chain from his neck and took off running in the direction of Back Street.
Armed robbery in Front Street
The Special Robbery Unit is also investigating an armed robbery which took place on Thursday April 14th at approximately 09.45 p.m. at La Galleria on Front Street.
This robbery took place while the opening Jump Up for Carnival 2016 was on its way from Reward to The Festival Village on the Soualiga Boulevard.
Police Patrols and Detectives were immediately dispatched to investigate what had taken place. On the scene the investigating officers spoke to several victims and witnesses who stated that they were suddenly attacked by three men who were dressed in dark clothing and armed with guns.
These men forced themselves into the complex and robbed the victims of an undisclosed amount of cash, a gold chain and a cellular telephone. After committing this act, all three suspects fled the scene on foot in the direction of Back Street.
A search of the area was done but no one was arrested as a suspect in this case.
The Police Department is asking anyone who has information in connection with these two robberies or knowledge of any other c rime or criminal activity to get in contact with the police department by calling 54-22222 ext 214 / 215 or call the Anonymous Police Tip line # 9300.
The police department is taking this opportunity to remind the general public to be very vigilant and aware of their surrounding.
The entire community should take good note of the “Awareness and Safety Tips for Carnival 2016” and to take all necessary precautions to avoid becoming a victim of crime.