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UPDATE: Police & Customs seek occupant of abandoned boat

November 11th, 2014 | Tags: US Coast Guard West End chase escape
Law enforcement officers removing the cash from the boat. Photo: VINO
The boat being removed by mobile crane last night November 10, 2014. Photo: VINO
The boat being removed by mobile crane last night November 10, 2014. Photo: VINO
Informed and reliable sources have confirmed with this news site that a daring chase by US Coast Guard ended on the shores of Tortola less than an hour ago this evening November 10, 2014. Above, the boat on which the men were. Photo: VINO
Informed and reliable sources have confirmed with this news site that a daring chase by US Coast Guard ended on the shores of Tortola less than an hour ago this evening November 10, 2014. Above, the boat on which the men were. Photo: VINO
Above, a Scenes of Crime Police vehicle at the scene. Photo: VINO
Above, a Scenes of Crime Police vehicle at the scene. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) and Her Majesty’s Customs are looking for a man who ran a boat aground in Freshwater Pond area in West End, Tortola last night November 10, 2014 and fled the scene to escape being detained as firstly reported by this news site.

According to a Police press release sent out to media houses today November 11, 2014, U.S. Custom and Border Protection agents reported that around 5:45pm November 10, 2014 they attempted to intercept the vessel with the lone occupant in the vicinity of Cookie Point, St. Thomas and a high speed chase at sea subsequently ensued.

“The chase continued along the St. John coast line and into the Territory’s waters,” said the release. “The operator of the vessel then turned into West End and was chased to the Freshwater Pond area where he subsequently ran the vessel aground,” it said.

It said that agents saw a lone occupant described as black, about 5ft 8in, 230 lbs, with dreadlocks, wearing a white t-shirt and dark short pants leaving the boat and running on foot.

“The abandoned vessel is a white Renegade powerboat with two gray Mariner offshore engines attached to its stern. A quantity of US currency was found onboard the vessel. The vessel now forms part of the investigation,” the release said.

Police asked anyone with information that can assist in locating the operator of this boat is asked to call the RVIPF three-digital access number 311 or Intelligence Unit at 468-9339. It said too that persons can also call the Crimestoppers based in Miami 800-TIPS or 800-8477 and report this information anonymously.

See previous article published on November 10, 2014:

US Coast Guard ends daring chase @ WE

WEST END, Tortola, VI – Informed and reliable sources have confirmed with this news site that a daring chase by US Coast Guard ended on the shores of Tortola less than an hour ago this evening November 10, 2014.

According to eyewitnesses on the scene the vessel that was being pursued ran up‎ ashore at Towers West End where it is believed that the occupants evaded the lawmen as they abandoned the vessel and made good their escape.

Local officers have since joined the US team and are currently searching the vessel. We are awaiting information on the incident from Public Relations Officer of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Diane Drayton.

When this news site arrived on the scene officials were seen on the vessel which was partly on land with the rear submerged in the sea.

Officers who appeared to have been US Coast Guard personnel accompanied by some local officers came off with a quantity of transparent zip lock plastic bags with what appeared to have been a large sum of money.

The US officers were escorted away by the local officers.

In the meantime the‎ RVIPF are searching the Island for suspects.

Stay logged in to this news site for further details.

38 Responses to “UPDATE: Police & Customs seek occupant of abandoned boat”

  • TALK THAT (10/11/2014, 20:42) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    Man hurt what else is new!
  • YOU (10/11/2014, 21:38) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Look at that
  • cay (10/11/2014, 21:40) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ok I know that boat
  • just askng..... (10/11/2014, 21:43) Like (37) Dislike (30) Reply
    what is the us coast guard doing in our waters????? did Morris and Duncan give them permisson? dread
    • dread (10/11/2014, 22:57) Like (55) Dislike (8) Reply
      Helping our team to find crooks like you.
    • True (10/11/2014, 23:00) Like (12) Dislike (10) Reply
      sure they the ones that forced the boat on the rocks at Beef Island by chasing in our waters but its the captain of the wrecked boat that gets charged with manslaughter.
    • == (10/11/2014, 23:49) Like (26) Dislike (3) Reply
      doing their jobs.
    • Obviously... (11/11/2014, 07:34) Like (14) Dislike (27) Reply
      Since St. Thomas is right next to the bvi, and that they are a us overseas territorythen ofcoarse the US coast guard has the right to be here.
  • wize up (10/11/2014, 22:23) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    well alright!!!!!!
  • dem say (10/11/2014, 22:34) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    We have treaties boo!
  • just asking..... (10/11/2014, 23:09) Like (38) Dislike (4) Reply
    what is the diffrent between the boat man and the ports project????
  • big bird (10/11/2014, 23:26) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    I gained considerable appreciation for the choppy waters he had to sail and how many reefs are beneath them.
  • dog man (11/11/2014, 00:13) Like (18) Dislike (9) Reply
    Were was police and customs ? Can morris or smith tell us !!!!!
  • Why (11/11/2014, 00:37) Like (50) Dislike (1) Reply
    those @$$#$ ran left the money??
  • Hmm (11/11/2014, 01:04) Like (27) Dislike (7) Reply
    Its good to see Commissioner of Customs on the scene with his officers, someone could prove me wrong but i think he was also the first officer on the scene, as well. Wade you and your officers are doing a good job. Keep it up! Good thing you guys got there before the thieves Bram!
    • loyalty over royalty (11/11/2014, 07:11) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
      Yu damn right them bobby wrongs. Now make sure that money count before it goes in the lion den (police station)
  • Judy. (11/11/2014, 05:15) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fools running and leaving the $$$$ behind,
  • wize up (11/11/2014, 06:55) Like (7) Dislike (10) Reply
    dog man; allow me to speak for smith(he was at house of assembly them had a meeting with another white investor)......morris was also at house of assembly them went to his house for lunch and fell asleep!!!!!
  • police (11/11/2014, 08:04) Like (15) Dislike (18) Reply
    May be if the NDP didn't close the West End Police Station they would have gotten to the scene swifter & caught the persons.
    • ?? (11/11/2014, 09:26) Like (11) Dislike (12) Reply
      Read the headlines....there are no plans to close the station.
      • wize up (12/11/2014, 09:51) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
        to ??; the west end POLICE station "is" NOW CLOSED.....ok, you go that location to report a crime.....!uck the head-lines....the place lock-down!!!!!
  • Info (11/11/2014, 08:18) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    Inspector Amarro Potter was one of the first Police on the scene. Wade and Potter were the First!
  • John (11/11/2014, 08:45) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply
    How the hell they didn't run with the money
  • .... (11/11/2014, 09:00) Like (34) Dislike (5) Reply
    Who cares who the hell was first on the scene??? The US Coast Guard chases them and you all here debating who was first after the boat was abandoned? What silly people.
  • money man (11/11/2014, 09:18) Like (35) Dislike (10) Reply
    Don't let US Coast guards go with the money. They usually leave us with the illegal aliens and they nab all the cash and drug bursts
  • Hmm (11/11/2014, 09:41) Like (11) Dislike (8) Reply
    I does always say them West man ain't easy misson lol. They really bout tha $$$.
  • dna (11/11/2014, 09:43) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    I too sure tha bag of money have on prints mehnn!
  • retarted (11/11/2014, 12:49) Like (12) Dislike (7) Reply
    Look how man gettin lock up....... pure finger print on them money
  • o my (11/11/2014, 13:15) Like (12) Dislike (7) Reply
    I could do with some of that cash now
  • run it (11/11/2014, 19:33) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Well we get away sometime then the next thing we running
  • jokes (11/11/2014, 22:47) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    the usa call it free trade.....
  • wize up (12/11/2014, 09:54) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    the guys in this trade(the 3rd pillar of the economy) must now hold a sumit; them losing to much money
  • To The Point (12/11/2014, 14:43) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    stop using the word dreadlocks out of content.not everyone where locs its dread


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