St. Croix police investigate two Christmas burglaries


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ST. CROIX - Police are investigating two burglaries, one that occurred on Christmas and the other on Boxing Day.

V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said a woman reported to police on Christmas morning that she was robbed of $3,000 in jewelry and a cell phone while she was sleeping in her Estate William's Delight home.

The woman told police that she went to sleep about 11:30 p.m. Christmas Eve and woke up at about 1 a.m. and discovered the items missing from her dresser.

Police listed the incident as a first-degree burglary.

Rames said police also are looking into a home invasion in Estate Carlton that was reported Thursday night.

According to the preliminary police report, officers spoke to a man at the residence who said he was sleeping and was awakened by a noise and he saw a person standing over him pointing an object at him.

The victim said the intruder tied the man's hands and feet with an electric cord and asked him whether he had any firearms in the house.

The man told police that he said no and heard at least two other voices in his house and the sounds of his belongings being searched. The burglar then told the victim to wait 20 minutes before moving and then left the home.

The victim waited, untied himself and tried to call 911, but the telephone cord was removed from the wall, so he made the call from a neighbor's home, according to police.

The victim told police the rooms in his home were ransacked, and $300 and the keys to his vehicle were stolen, according to Rames.

Rames said anyone with information about the burglaries can call police at 911 or call the Crime Stoppers USVI anonymous tip line at 1-800-222-8477.

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

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