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UPDATE: RiteWay robber wore hoodie, spoke with local accent- Police

The robbery committed on RiteWay Food Markets on Flemming Street on April 19, 2017 was done by a lone gunman, according to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF). Photo: VINO
RiteWay Food Market on Fleming Street was robbed by armed bandits this evening, April 19, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
RiteWay Food Market on Fleming Street was robbed by armed bandits this evening, April 19, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
A blurred image of police inside RiteWay following the armed robbery there this evening, April 19, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
A blurred image of police inside RiteWay following the armed robbery there this evening, April 19, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The robbery on Riteway Food Markets in Road Town, Tortola last evening, April 19, 2017- a story first reported by this news site- was committed by a lone gunman.

Initial reports reaching this news site had stated that “masked gunmen” committed the robbery on the Flemming Street establishment; however, police in a press release today, April 20, 2017 stated that initial inquiries indicate that “a lone masked gunman entered the premises around 7:40 PM last night and demanded that one of the cash registers be opened. He then took the cash pan and fled the scene.”

Police described the assailant as black, slim built, in his twenties, about 5'9” tall and spoke with a local accent.  He was at the time wearing all black with a hoodie, the press release stated..

No shots were fired and no one was injured in the incident.

Police are asking persons with information that can help in identifying the lone gunman to contact the Criminal Investigations Department through the RVIPF access number 311 or the RVIPF Intelligence Unit at 368-9339.

See previous article published April 19, 2017

Masked gunmen rob RiteWay in Road Town

Armed bandits, who concealed their faces with masks, pounced on RiteWay Food Market on Flemming Street, Road Town minutes ago, April 19, 2017.

It is not clear at this time if any shots were fired or if anyone was injured in the robbery that took place around 7:45 PM.

It was on June 13, 2016 that two armed bandits robbed the same establishment of cash. A shot was also fired during the ordeal; however, no one was injured.

We will provide more details on this evening's robbery as they come in.

51 Responses to “UPDATE: RiteWay robber wore hoodie, spoke with local accent- Police ”

  • watching (19/04/2017, 20:29) Like (26) Dislike (66) Reply
    look what the NDP did to my BVI...the crime gone up
    • Truth (19/04/2017, 20:58) Like (41) Dislike (19) Reply
      STFU with your nonsense. It's time to stop the blaming on government. The government is not responsible for and cannot eliminate crime. That responsibility falls on society. When the community gets its shit together, then you'll see a reduction in crime.
    • 1Q (19/04/2017, 20:58) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
      If you know something speak up, government can't do all.... "A lot of us see and don't see"
    • Guest (19/04/2017, 21:13) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      You looking attention
    • I agree (20/04/2017, 06:27) Like (8) Dislike (31) Reply
      I also blame the Government is to be blame, to much taxes and no work for the youths.
      this might well be the off-spring from expat.
      They parents cannot feed them anymore so they have to find for themselves.
      I remember the First Caribbean bank robbery, it was the so of an expat.
      Am just saying to ease the financial pressure on the expat so they can feed their children otherwise Tortola will be in deep Hell
      And bet you, there will be nothing we can do when it is too late.
      Don't allow my words to fall on deaf ears BVI;;;
      • update (21/04/2017, 11:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Although the First Caribbean bank robbery was committed by an expat's son, like you said, HE was an EMPLOYEE of the bank.
    • @watching (20/04/2017, 10:18) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      The population gone up... crime gone up. We need to have a serious discussion about crime, immigration, social behaviors and economic sustainability in the VI. ASAP
  • ... (19/04/2017, 20:38) Like (17) Dislike (6) Reply
    Hope they got food people are hungry
  • YOLO (19/04/2017, 20:56) Like (45) Dislike (3) Reply
    Make gun legal for the shop keeper
  • Well (19/04/2017, 20:58) Like (65) Dislike (3) Reply
    The ndp wouldn't give the police the money to fight crime although they see what's happening. I am not a fan of Governors but thank GOD he did what he did to get the money for the police from these crooked ndp.
  • wize up (19/04/2017, 21:01) Like (33) Dislike (3) Reply
    I guess some of us will now expect information to solve this crime however I will continue to say; if the police patrol the crooks will stay home: these people who continue to fu{£ up our country are doing so because they can simply get away with it: utter foolishness now; murder after murder and arm robbery after arm robbery: I can bet you loads of police showed up at that crime scene to conduct an investigation: why do we only see the police after crimes???? Where are the police before the crime????(talk that!!!)
    • Belonger With A Broader Perspective (20/04/2017, 00:05) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
      @WizeUp....I agree with you. Police are not patrolling. They should be on foot as well as squad cars. Many of them try to make money as Security part time. RVIPF you can't expect different results without change. Hopefully with new funding as well as recruits, we'll see change.
      • FRANK (20/04/2017, 07:30) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
        Tell me what an unarmed police on foot can do about armed robbers. Your perspective is very shallow. Police cannot fix this problem. Society has created monsters with a sense of entitlement and they coming for what belongs to you. They don't want to work. Why you don't say Customs not protecting our borders and allowing guns to come in ?
        • .... (20/04/2017, 10:14) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
          Frank, with all that you said, what's the solution? They aren't going to suddenly stop robbing. The armed Police can patrol more. If they see a Police Jeep in the area, how will they know whether or not they are armed? Something needs to be done. If the Police are not part of the solution then why are we giving them more money? The Police should be more than just a Clean Up Crew.... Certainly much more can be done in every area; The Store Owners, Police Patrol, CAMERAS, Surveillance, RAIDS, Customs Patrol, etc. Just blaming parents at this stage of the problem won't fix anything. Certainly people may know who did it, but we are always trying to figure out who did it. How about trying to prevent it from happening in the first place.....?
        • Belonger With A Broader Perspective (20/04/2017, 19:25) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          Frank, please do yourself a favor; read and understand. What can police do on foot about armed robbers? Police are trained to observant in ways that the average person is not. They should pick up on a situation to call for backup if unarmed. If police are armed and on foot, they can do a hell of a lot. Yes society does have it's blame because some parents raised up children with a diamond spoon in their mouths. They don't know how to work for what they want. They know what they like and what they want to have feelings as though whether right or wrong; It's mine for the taking! Customs themselves can't protect borders when they need to break the borders to keep their side money coming in! You think they turn a blind eye doing favors ?! They're getting paid! For every 2 straightforward ppl, there's 5 crooked. So all in all, you need police, customs and society to get over greed and personal interest in order to work together.
    • grench (20/04/2017, 05:36) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
      The police are busy looking for people with cannabis which was made by God. Guess if I start smoking mango tree leaves they will criminalised that to. They don't have time to stakeout or patrol.
      • Agree (20/04/2017, 08:21) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
        I agree with you instead of putting their resources in fighting crimes they are putting it in fighting cannabis because that in putting money in the treasury for the same government who refuse to give them money to run their department. I think the time has come for more fines and jail time with people who are caught with an illegal weapon the sleeping premier need to wake up refresh the gun laws before its too late. These crimes are going to kill the economy these punks need getting off the street and the immigration need to buckle the belt take example of what is going on in the big countries and save what we have remain.
    • Outlaw (20/04/2017, 06:25) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      Wize-up here you go again, you was a police officer and you fully well know that most of the police force operated on a shift system, therefore except it's a planned operation you will not see the streets flood with police. We do have our patrol team out every day and night but we cannot be every where at once, we do not have the resources to really adequately police this territory, so I guess the blame will always be rest at the police feet. Tell me this, and I want you to honestly answer me, with your over 20 years as a police officer, how many times were you on the spot to prevent a crime from happening. I am sure that every report you attend, you were called after the crime had already happened, so please stop trying to fool people, let's stop playing the blame game and take into consideration what truth and IQ blog above. I believe you guys think the easiest blame should be the police but continue with that blame game and see where you will get.
      • wize up (20/04/2017, 08:01) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
        @ outlaw: 20 years ago this territory had less police and yes far less crime!! actually; what is your point...what blame you chatting about; the police are directly responsable for executing law and order in this territory:the records and the current statistics clearly proves that law enforcement in this territory is a joke: has noting to do with blaming the police(if the rain falling the rain falling!!!!) understand this( I grew up in the 60s this is why I can say without a shadow of a doubt crime have steadily taken over) within the past 2 years gun crime is out of control and getting worst: you can play the blame game because you might be someone that can simply book a flight!!!! have a lot of free time but I will say this to the outlaw(anything that I blog; I will meet you any place or time then watch you eye to eye and make the same remarks)...keep the faith!!!!!
        • Outlaw (20/04/2017, 10:39) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
          Wize-up, you really behind time, within the past two years, you really don't get it. You are surely confused. You have that right, less crime, less police so what is really your point. Yes the blame game because you are the first to jump on the police every time something happens. If you was a robot when you was in the force, you have since left so we have none remaining. But you can still make a meaningful contribution as a concern citizen and stop your blame game
        • Well (20/04/2017, 17:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Because back then we didnt have the TV and internet making everyone feel they have to be a gangsta!
      • ..... (20/04/2017, 10:38) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply

        How would you ever know what crime you prevented? Your mere presence may have caused the criminals to back off. There is no way to quantify that. The bottom line is you guys need to do more. I seldom see the Police like I do in other countries. You got some money from the Governor. I expect to see some progress soon. Put technology to work if nothing else.
  • GOVERNOR (19/04/2017, 21:16) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thanks to the governor we can fight the robbers
  • just asking... (19/04/2017, 21:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
  • ndp (19/04/2017, 21:23) Like (21) Dislike (11) Reply
  • history teacher (19/04/2017, 21:37) Like (14) Dislike (14) Reply
    Whenever NDP in power crime goes up
  • Elmo (19/04/2017, 21:53) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
    Someone needs to place an enchanment on Riteway so these buglars will be subdued like Sada was when he robbed Franklin's back in the day. Where is Anegada's Blessed Saint when you need him?
  • Hmmm (20/04/2017, 06:02) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    all these crimes taking place. i hope those that actually want or need a job can find so they don't have to end up robbing . help those that helping their self pleaseee!!
  • grove street (20/04/2017, 10:08) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    these young guys are going go into the wrong place one of these days
    • Welcome to the BVI. (20/04/2017, 12:30) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      They are very good x police working at Rite is like a square peg. A train police is that square peg that will fit perfectly... Rtw management is responsible for all those robberies too many round pegs in square holes ... This new management/owners need to talk to the right people or else the old results will be the new results that robbery is an example.
  • hurt (20/04/2017, 10:50) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Vg leave the man them brokes then trying go rock I guess
  • VG Resident (20/04/2017, 12:11) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    It is time to arm security guards. If they had a AK-47 slung over their shoulders, you can bet that thieves would give that establishment a second thought. The security guards in the BVI have NO ability to stop anything. Fire them and get some folks who can protect an establishment.
  • myrun (20/04/2017, 12:18) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    ok now they have 1.8 M and crime still gone wild
  • life is funny (20/04/2017, 12:20) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why is it every time a crime happens, government is to blame, not giving the youth any jobs. They are on the corner sitting as if "JOB" is going to walk up to them like "hey i got a job for you." If they want a job they will go and get one. These are grown men, not babies, they know what they are doing.
  • Street reporter (20/04/2017, 12:25) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    You can give the police a billion dollars that won't stop crime.. Crime fighting is a will, an attitude, effort, personalities. Those are not visible in our force.. There is a right job for every individual 3/4 of the force are in the wrong job...for them its just a means to end.. Get people in the force who really wants to be police. There are a lot out here... Friends hooking up friends for job. Crime increase is inevitable...
    • @Street Reporter (20/04/2017, 17:28) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Agree 100%. Policing is a skill, a special talent. A special commitment Don't know how many of them possess those abilities...
    • Outlaw (20/04/2017, 18:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Street reporter, crime fighting involves The Who community, not the police alone, how about that?
  • Tallfat (20/04/2017, 12:56) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Here we go again! The blogs lighting up with the naming, blaming and shaming. High marks to those who comes on with suggestions/solutions/remedy. Are all recommendations doable? No. There are things that are feasible or practical and we all can do some reading on both words in figuring out the doables. More police? More patrols? More vehicles? More money? Doable? Revamping the police structure? Revamping the Shift system? Revamping the societal culture? Doable? Can the business place do anything to prevent or assist in reducing these crimes? Are they doing anything at all in that area? The Police cannot be everywhere, Customs cannot see everything, immigration cannot know everyone. Will there ever be enough resources and is everyone operation on the same level in whatever organization they serve? Who will speak when as a society we tend to operate on a mindset in which blood is thicker than water, I born here and I is Tolian and the like. Don't forget the snitches get stitches saying that we cling to with obvious ugly consequences to the community. While we speak a good game online ours is a border well defined. WHat is our civic duty? Does anyone truly gives a hoop about anything besides money, status and the like? Nuff said. Will some wise ones please add, address a point. Will be great for us to have a conversation than a stick/wits measuring contest. What prizes are won in these debates?
    • Hire me. (20/04/2017, 17:45) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Hire me as a plain clothes security for road town. I promised you it will stop. Every dead person/s you see on the street that's a crime that I prevented... Soon the country will be free of all criminality and criminals...
    • Outlaw (20/04/2017, 19:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well said tallfat but don't expect many likes and supporters, especially wise-up and such the likes as himself, remember in their holy book, crime is always the police problem. Thank you
  • kelo (20/04/2017, 16:41) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
    Why them blaming the locals?
  • Blame Rite way management (20/04/2017, 17:23) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Robbery after robbery after robbery year after year after year. Management should have had some tough and serious deterrent measures in place.. Management has proven to be careless ineffective and need suing by the staff for consistent trauma as a results of lack of proper security... Where are the aggressive layers.
  • lord o. (20/04/2017, 17:33) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Robbers with Guns and hoodies stole a few thousand dollars.. Robbers with Jacket tie and Penn stole millions. ... Which of those are the most dangerous robbers?
  • Fatcat (20/04/2017, 17:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    One bvi. Immigration,Police and all other law enforcement officers need to come together and fight crime with the Government on the front line. lead from in front and secure our country.
  • Hmm (20/04/2017, 17:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    when ppl say blame government i understand...even though its a bit more complicated than that. government is delinquent in their payments to much of those from poor communities with families to feed, they get abused at work and got it rough. some public facility workers go up to 4 months without pay so i wont be surprised if these things take place. if the rich cant find it then imagine the hungry.
  • @lord o (20/04/2017, 19:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Asked the endeepee they should know bout robbing with Penn's from we the ppl.
  • An suh (21/04/2017, 11:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well well after all that has transpired at this same Rite Way Outlet, why management aint install a surveillance camera yet? All businesses need to have them install and hidden in strategic places. They have to do their part in the fight of crime to help catch these criminals and bring them to justice
  • Anyone can speak (21/04/2017, 13:52) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    with a local accent. Ask the comedians and they will tell you even if you have to practise it as it comes so natural to many. Children are very quick to pick up accent that is why they are so good at learning languages at a tender age. they are like sponges.Anyway I am getting fed up of hearing of the many robberies ,etc lately. Look at what happened in Nevis whereby a young lady is killed and another hospitalised just after winning some money at a weekend lottery. All I have to say is that "everyday for the thief and one day for the owner"
  • bounty killer (21/04/2017, 21:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

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