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‘Who is next?’ The big question on gun crime- Doug Wheatley

According to talk show host Doug Wheatley, with the recent spate of armed robberies in the Virgin Islands and with the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) not being able to close in on the perpetrators, the big question on many minds is ‘Who is next?’ Photo: VINO/File
Police Commissioner Michael Matthews is under pressure to clamp down on the gun crimes affecting the territory. Photo: VINO/File
Police Commissioner Michael Matthews is under pressure to clamp down on the gun crimes affecting the territory. Photo: VINO/File
The proprietor of Huntums Ghut Service Station (right) was robbed of cash by two masked gunmen while in Huntums Ghut on December 12, 2016 while Delta Petroleum Service Station in Pasea Estate was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash on December 15, 2016. Photo: VINO/Internet Source
The proprietor of Huntums Ghut Service Station (right) was robbed of cash by two masked gunmen while in Huntums Ghut on December 12, 2016 while Delta Petroleum Service Station in Pasea Estate was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash on December 15, 2016. Photo: VINO/Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With the recent spate of armed robberies in the Virgin Islands and with the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) not being able to close in on the perpetrators, the big question on many minds is “Who is next?”

This is according to talk show host Doug Wheatley, who was speaking on the 3D Show on ZBVI 780 AM on Friday, December 16, 2016.

Mr Wheatley highlighted some of the criminal activities carried out, including robberies on two gas stations and two shopping establishments.

“And the question on everybody’s minds is who is next. Who is next? I guess since two gas stations have been robbed the gas stations will be on the alert. Two supermarkets have been robbed so I guess supermarkets will be on the alert…but whether or not that will deter the persons from committing those acts, we don’t know, we will have to see…”

According to Mr Wheatley, the police have their hands full, however, the support of the community is also important.

Their [police] work is cut out for them to see if they can close in on the persons who are committing these crimes…and of course the police have to do some amount of work but also we as citizens of the territory if we see something say something, if we observe something make a note of it and so forth.”

“Because it is our territory and we have a right to see that everything goes well here. On the front lines we have the police…but we as citizens can assist in whatever way we can….We don’t want to hear that when we get up tomorrow there is another robbery or another shooting or something like that. We hope and pray not.

Spate of armed robberies/gun violence

It was on November 17, 2016 when 24 year old Estevan Jefferson was gunned down near the Stickett in Long Look.

Then on November 24, 2016 heavily armed men pounced on Riteway East End, carting off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

On December 1, 2016 a car was riddled with bullets at Havers Estate. No one was injured in that incident.

The following day, December 2, 2016, a male showed up at the East End Police Station with a gunshot wound following a robbery at Vanterpool Estate.

Police also reported that on Saturday evening, December 10, 2016 around 9:00 P.M. a female reported that she was walking in the Vanterpool Estate area when a masked gunman approached her and demanded her handbag that contained her laptop, personal documents and cash.

And then two criminal offenses where a gun was involved reportedly occurred on December 12, 2016.

In the first instance, David Springette aka Mooney was shot while in the Long Look area. That same night the proprietor of Huntums Ghut Service Station was robbed of cash by two masked gunmen while in Huntums Ghut.

A double armed robbery then occurred on December 15, 2016, firstly on Delta Service Station in Pasea Estate, which was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash around 3:00 A.M. by a gunman who gained entry to the cashier's section by shooting at the glass door.

That same evening Billy’s Superette in Long Bush was also robbed by a lone gunman.

9 Responses to “‘Who is next?’ The big question on gun crime- Doug Wheatley”

  • we (19/12/2016, 07:40) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    In Trouble Here You ALL. For The Holiday Season I Hope The Police will Come Out in Numbers to Secure Our Streets and Keep Us Safe From These Menace of Society. Time for Police to Step Up and Get in Shape. Time To Put in Some Real Work.
  • Mr.Snartz (19/12/2016, 08:11) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who's next Doug? I guess when we are leaving our homes for work or returning home form work, the street goons is going to be waiting in our driveways and yards to stick a gun in our backs or ribs and rob us. Yes Doug, we the law abiding citizens is going to be next.
    Such a small Island and the street goons can't be caught. As a law abiding citizen, I now know what I have to do to protect me and mine.
  • True (19/12/2016, 08:39) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with Mr.Snartz and We comments. We the law abiding citizens of this Country is the sitting ducks in the pond waiting to get picked off one by one. The street thugs is brazenly storming businesses what makes you think that they are not going to brazenly do home invasions now. The street garbage thugs is going to change their pattern now since some business owners is waiting to blow them away.
  • just asking... (19/12/2016, 09:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    what's new here?
  • wize up (19/12/2016, 11:21) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Since Deputy Commissioner of police James made the statement that officers will increase patrols we had no reported arm robberies....the crooks know what going on
  • -------------------- (19/12/2016, 17:42) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    when some of the politicians businesses start to be affected then they will move fast with arming the police
    • Billfargo (24/12/2016, 11:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are missing the point Young Fellar! The last time I check; (Tortola and the BVIs was still a British Teritory)!!
  • Bilfargo (24/12/2016, 11:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The biggest problem in the BVI is people who can't or don't know how to attend to their own business!


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