Saturday, February 24, 2018

Man held with revolver in Trincity Mall

A 28-year-old man with a fully loaded revolver was found by police inside Trincity Mall on Saturday night.

This was one of several arrests and seizures made by officers of both the Northern and North Eastern Divisions over the weekend.

According to reports, officers acting on information found the 28-year-old from Redhill, D’Abadie, inside Trincity Mall around 9.30 p.m. He was discovered near popular male clothing store Detour.

When officers searched the man they found a .38 special in his waist. It was fully loaded.

Officers recovered the firearm and six bullets.

The man is expected to appear before several identification parades today.

He is one of two suspected shooters from the Arouca and Arima area that were arrested over the weekend by officers of the Northern Division.

Around 5.30 a.m. yesterday officers executed a search warrant at Maturita, Pinto Road of the home of a 24-year-old male suspect.

When officers entered the house they found a homemade shotgun with one 12 gauge cartridge.

The man is expected to appear before several identification parades today.

These exercises were spearheaded by Snr Supt David Abraham and conducted by Sgt Pitt, Cpl Stephenson, PC Williams and PC Khan.

Abraham said he was proud the officers were able to get the guns off the streets as the division tries to tackle the murder toll.

Officers of the North Eastern Division Task Force also made a dent in crime yesterday as they were able to recover two camouflage bullet proof vests, two boxes of bullets and four kilos of high grade marijuana.

The NEDTF went on a five-hour exercise which started at 10 a.m.

In Second Caledonia they were able to seize two camouflage bulletproof vests and two boxes of bullets.

The officers recovered some 60 rounds of 5.56 bullets which can be used in assault rifles such as the Galil and the AK-47.

No one was arrested.

The officers also went to Mercer Road in Diego Martin where they executed a search warrant on the home of two brothers.

They found four kilos of compressed high grade marijuana such as “Kush” and “Jam”.

The two brothers aged 29 and 18 are currently in police custody.

The NEDTF exercise was conducted by Insp Roger Alexander, Sgt Samuel, Cpl Bharath and PCs Gordon, Dass and Lezama.

Alexander yesterday said a lot has been said about the “rogue” elements in the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) but police officers do not use camouflage bulletproof vests.

Alexander said while he welcomed a weeding out of rogue elements of the TTPS similar exercises must be done in other local law enforcement agencies.