Friday, December 15, 2017

$.5m in loot seized; cops crack ring


BIG HAUL: Central Division police officers display some of the electronic items which were recovered during a police exercise in the Chaguanas area on Saturday. The items are believed to have been stolen during house break-ins and robberies within the division.

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POLICE believe they have made a major breakthrough in a spate of robberies in the Central Division after they arrested several people and recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of electronic items suspected of being stolen.

The officers are now calling on members of the public who may have fallen victim to robbers to visit Chaguanas Police Station to assist in identifying the items.

Police said they were unable to give an exact figure of how much the items were worth but it exceeded $500,000.

Following days of surveillance, police said they carried out an exercise in the division between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday.

During the exercise, police said they executed a warrant at a house located along Macaya Park, Monroe Road, where they believed the stolen items were being kept.

Upon entering the house, officers said they came upon a room filled with the items, which included cellphones, digital cameras, speaker boxes, stereo sets, flash drives and computers among other digital items stolen during house break-ins and robberies within the division.

The lone male occupant of the house was arrested and taken to the Chaguanas station where he was questioned.

After interrogating the suspect, police said they went to Caroni Savannah Road and Felicity where 11 other people were arrested for robberies, break-ins, possession of drugs and on enquiries.

Those arrested in connection with the stolen items will be placed on several identification parades before being charged and taken to court sometime this week, said police.

The exercise was coordinated by Snr Supt Deodath Dulalchan and headed by Supt Johnny Abraham. Included in the exercise were Insp Wayne Lawrence, Cpl Ken Ali, PC Forgini, along with other members of Central Division Task Force and Criminal Investigations Department.