Another St. Croix business suffers daytime robbery


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ST. CROIX - Police are investigating yet another daylight armed robbery, the second in as many days on St. Croix.

Emergency dispatchers received a call at 11:15 a.m. Saturday reporting an armed robbery of a jewelry store on Strand Street in Christiansted, according to a statement issued by V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames.

Police said two masked gunmen entered Crucian Gold jewelry store and demanded jewelry and cash from the employees. The gunmen secured the two employees who were present in a back room and took an undisclosed amount of jewelry and cash from the business before fleeing on foot, according to Rames. No one was physically injured, Rames said.

Saturday's robbery came a day after three gunmen stormed into the Mid-Island Credit Union in Castle Coakley asking for money from the establishment.

Police said when the men were told that there was no cash at the bank and there was also no safe on the premises, they proceeded to rob one of the customers who was inside and pistol-whipped an employee before making off with an undisclosed amount of the individual's cash and a cellphone.

Saturday's robbery was the fifth daytime armed robbery of a business on the island in the last five months. Police have made arrests in two of those incidents.

They continue to investigate Friday's and Saturday's robberies in addition to the robbery July 17 during which three masked gunmen robbed the racino at Randall "Doc" James Racetrack of thousands of dollars just after 9 a.m. Police still are searching for the robbers.

Deputy Police Chief Arthur Hector said he is asking residents in the community to come forward with whatever information they may have about the robberies or the persons responsible. He said anyone with information can call detectives at 712-6031, 712-6024 or 911 or call the anonymous tip line at Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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