St. Croix detectives investigate 3 robberies
Published: October 18, 2013
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ST. CROIX - Criminal Investigation detectives are investigating two armed robberies that occurred Thursday and a strong-armed robbery that took place Tuesday night.
V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said Thursday afternoon that police were called to reports of the first robbery just after midnight Thursday morning at a small bar and restaurant on Midland Road.
Witnesses said several patrons were inside the establishment when three armed and masked suspects entered and ordered everyone on the ground, and the robbers took cash, jewelry and cell phones from the victims, Rames said. One victim was kicked in his calf but was not seriously injured, and no other injuries were reported, she said.
The victims told police that one suspect had long locks in his hair and that all of the gunmen wore camouflage pants and jackets during the robbery and then fled in an unknown direction.
According to the emergency dispatcher log, a few hours later, about 4:25 a.m., another robbery was reported.
Rames said in that case, a man and a woman told police they were sitting in their car at Altona Lagoon when a light-colored vehicle drove up to them and two masked gunmen got out and demanded that they get out of their vehicle.
The robbers took gold and silver jewelry from the male victim and about $100. They took the couple's vehicle and fled the area, according to police.
Rames said officers later found the vehicle near Ha' Penny Bay on the island's south shore.
Residents had called to report a fire in the area, and when police responded they found the car, which had been stripped of several parts and burned.
In addition to the two robberies on Thursday, Rames said police are investigating a robbery at Dorsch Beach about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday.
A couple told police they were at the beach when two men approached them from behind and demanded everything they had.
One robber stomped on the woman's foot and took her purse, Rames said. The other robber hit the male victim in the head causing a laceration, she said. The robbers reportedly had shirts covering their faces, according to the police report, which said that the victims did not see any weapons.
Rames said police do not believe that the robberies are related but they are investigating every possible angle of each.
Anyone with information about the cases can call detectives at 712-6037, 712-6077 or 911 or call the confidential tip line at Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.
- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email email@example.com.