Thursday, February 22, 2018

‘GPS’ helps police arrest car thief

The swift work of Northern Division police resulted in the arrest of a 21-year-old La Horquetta man mere moments after he and an accomplice stole a vehicle at gunpoint on Monday night. 

Police reported that at about 9.30 p.m., a 28-year-old man, from Tumpuna Court, Arima, was seated in a white Nissan Tida motor vehicle with a female companion, at the corner of Francis Street and  Eastern Main Road, Arouca. 

While parked along the roadway, the couple observed two men walking towards the vehicle. 

When the men reached the car, one of the suspects pulled out a firearm and pointed it at the couple and ordered them to hand over all their valuables and the keys to the car. 

The couple obliged, exited the vehicle and handed the two men cellphones, a quantity of cash, jewelry and other items, including the car keys.

 The two suspects then fled the scene in the vehicle. 

A report was made to the police, who were also told that the vehicle was outfitted with a GPS system onboard.

The police made contact with the GPS provider and they were informed that the car was along Bon Air West.

The police made their way to the location and observed a 21-year-old man near a vehicle which matched the description given. 

The man was confronted by the officers and he was found to be in possession of the items reported stolen by the couple, as well as the keys for the stolen vehicle.

As a result of the find, the man was arrested and taken into custody and was assisting police with their enquiries. 

The other suspect, and the firearm used to commit the robbery, could not be located despite the best efforts of the police.

However, the officers said an arrest was imminent.