PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — On Thursday, November 10, at 12:50pm, Central Dispatch received numerous calls from the public regarding an armed robbery, which was taking place at a jewelry store located in Kanaal Steeg, Philipsburg.
Patrols from the Multi-Disciplinary Team that were busy with various controls along with the bike patrol and other uniform and non-uniform personnel reacted immediately to the call.
Due to the swift reaction of the patrols, they arrived at the moment the culprits were fleeing the scene on scooters. An intense pursuit followed where the culprits ditched their bikes. As a result, a foot pursuit by several of the officers ensued where officers managed to apprehend two of the suspects.
In the meantime, the rest of the area was cordoned off in search of the other two suspects. Members of the Forensic Team and K-9 unit were also called in the assist with the search. A home search was carried out and items of value in connection with the case were retrieved.
At the station, the suspects were heard by the acting prosecutor. Both young men, who were detained at the police station are minors. The other two suspects managed to elude police. The police department thanked the public who assisted police in various ways with the apprehension of the culprits. Further investigation is being carried out by the Detective Department.
If anyone has more information about this case, even if it seems minimal, contact police at 542-2222 and ask for the detective department. Persons can also come to the station to talk personally with one of the detectives handling this case. To share information anonymously, call the tip line at 9300.