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Crabbe Lot, EE/LL hot spots to buy stolen goods – acting COP

Acting COP highlighted some ways how stolen goods are disposed of in the VI. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – One of the challenges that the Police face is the “easy way” stolen items are disposed of on the streets disclosed acting Commissioner of Police David Morris, who also pinpointed two communities in the Territory that such items ‘disappear into thin air’.

He was speaking at the inaugural BVI Crime Conference that was held at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium, at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College on June 8, 2012.

Touching on the rampant thefts that occurred during the day, Morris revealed that it is uncomplicated to get rid of stolen items and cited various ways how that is achieved.

“There are cash for gold sites, ebay...for the stolen properties are being sold on our streets. We know in the Crabbe Lot area people are buying stolen property there, in Long Look/East End etc. We know these properties are leaving the Territory through our airports, and ports,” he said.

Making reference to the Dominican Republic national, Juan Pimentel-Traveras, who on June 7, was nabbed at the Terrance B. Lettsome International airport with a large quantity of jewellery and cash, the acting COP stressed it was by chance he was one of several persons picked for the “random search policy”.

“But how many of us have our bags searched when we leave to go through one of the ferry ports. That’s where we need to work with the other agencies,” he charged.

In an interview with this news agency late last year, Morris, the then Deputy COP, had stated that gold jewellery is in demand in the Virgin Islands’ black market. “...our concern is the black market business, we believe the jewellery are either sold or exported to St. Maarten and St Thomas.”

As for the legitimate businesses that work around “cash for gold”, Morris had divulged that the police have a good relationship with the establishments. “They have trade licenses and conform to our request in providing photographs with people who come in with the gold, of us taking photographs of the jewellery and giving us an opportunity to check if anything is stolen.”

14 Responses to “Crabbe Lot, EE/LL hot spots to buy stolen goods – acting COP”

  • little black boy (13/06/2012, 08:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    what about the UK officers doing some work from always in bars drunk???
    • Discrete (13/06/2012, 09:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I am sick and tired of you people continue talking about the UK officer. Here in Tortola is Govern by the Queen...Where is the Queen from....where are the UK officers from..... In order to fight crime and find out have to mingle to get that information whether it's in bars, clubs, whorehouses it is what it is. So stop your crap and learn about policing if that's what you want to know.
      • local girl (13/06/2012, 11:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        TO DISCRETE: blah blah blah blah stop trying to jusify people on the dime on a vacation lcoals could have never gotton away wid dat!
      • - (13/06/2012, 16:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        as i keep saying there are about 8 UK officers in the BVI that leaves how many local officers what the hell they doing. Its about time you lot shut your mouths about UK officers. I bet your wanna be lawyers who have been accepted into the UK to train are not calling the UK guys or the UK they are giving them a chance to better themselves
    • Ignore ignorance (13/06/2012, 11:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I too am sick of reading this crap arguement. If you ask me this writer and the others, are criminals who fear the UK officers for they are doing their job. So what if during there time off they have a few drinks at a bar or go to the beach! isn't it their free time??? I'll also say that there are many local and down island officers that while on duty can be found playing a game of dominoes and having a drink at a local bar or are bedding down some woman or taking care of other personal business. This discrimination against the UK officers is pathetic. It was once annoying, now ignored. We all see the hard work and dedication of most of our police force, UK and others, despite the morons who try to make the people lose faith in them.
  • farmer brown (13/06/2012, 10:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He came from the UK to go call down areas in the BVI struppps he needs putting on the next plane!
  • BLACK Man Says (13/06/2012, 10:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is so BLACK about the market, it drives me nuts when the world BLACK is used in discription of something negative, Cant hear the message when all I see is black means BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Usain (13/06/2012, 10:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Morris looks dejected. I wonder why??
    • Shining Star (13/06/2012, 11:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Rejected sounds more like it. He has no friends/colleagues to turn to because he is not trusted. Watch it- he won't stay long.
      • move (14/06/2012, 00:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        so he and the governor got ah list me heard dem school children say dem ah watch...but hope we aint got to watch them both!!!
  • Really! (13/06/2012, 11:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    While I want to encourage the Police and Law-abiding citizens alike to try to work together to curb this upserge in crime..........Morris starting to sound like a Politician, alot of talk and no action!
  • Why (13/06/2012, 12:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Since Morris knows this, why arent more police on the beat in those areas? A more visible presence will deter crime. The blogger is correct - Morris sounds like an empty vessel that makes most noise. He knows that people are not searched at seaports then speak with those departments to ensure that is done. In fact, he should encourage government to put systems in place to correct these deficiencies. He sounds like a child who complains why the candies are taken away from him.
    • dude (13/06/2012, 13:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      U can't just randomly search ppl @ the seaports either.........but I realize that ppl's general solution to crime here is to restrict persoanl freedoms..........there must be another way
  • cane garden bay (13/06/2012, 19:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    and london too

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