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Increase in theft from vehicles & farms recorded- RVIPF

- said one perpetrator identified so far
August 30th, 2021 | Tags: theft wallet RVIPF farm bananas perpetrator
Police have said they continue to receive reports of significant sums of money stolen from purses and wallets left on the seat of unsecured vehicles. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Police have said they continue to receive reports of significant sums of money stolen from purses and wallets left on the seat of unsecured vehicles.

In two separate incidents, $700 was stolen from a wallet and $1000 from a purse, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) stated in a press release today, August 30, 2021.

Police said both the wallet and the purse were in the front passenger seat when the monies were stolen.

One suspect identified

One perpetrator has been identified so far, according to the press release.

It said valuables such as handbags, laptops, cellular phones and jewelry left on top of seats or in the center console of vehicles provide the incentive needed for thieves to enter and steal.

“Police are discouraging persons from leaving valuables in their vehicles. However, if there is no alternative, persons should secure these items so they are not visible and lock vehicles every time,” the press release stated.

Thieves targeting farms

Police are also reporting an upsurge in theft of bananas and other produce from farms on the eastern end of the island.

The RVIPF said at least four farmers have reported their bananas and plantains stolen in the areas of Long Look, Greenland, Josiah’s Bay and Thomas Landing within the last two weeks.

“One farmer in Long Look reported that five hands of bananas were taken from his property in Long Look, while another farmer in East End discovered some 60 pounds of bananas missing.”

While Police are following a number of leads into these thefts, farmers are being asked to pass on any information to Police that can assist in identifying possible perpetrators.

The public is asked to be on the lookout for individuals loitering and acting suspiciously in or around farms and report such activities to the East End Police Station at 368-9704.

16 Responses to “Increase in theft from vehicles & farms recorded- RVIPF”

  • Linda (30/08/2021, 17:48) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
    I bet they have the nerve to be selling them right here on the streets in plain sight. As far as the auto thefts go why haven't people learnef yet to secure their valuables and lock their cars? Who leaves that amount of money in a car?
    • @linda (31/08/2021, 09:33) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes, they are stealing the stuff and selling it on the streets. My whole crop of grafted mangoes and pineapples that I was growing grew feet and walked away mysteriously. Wonder if some of those grafted mangoes and pineapples that was laid out on the side of the road for sale was mine.
  • Bullet,in. (30/08/2021, 18:58) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    A demographic change is urgently needed for the survival of the VI if its to be a place for the civilized..
  • SA (30/08/2021, 19:05) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do like what some south american countries are doing i.e. Paint a part of every bananas or plantains on the hand.
  • Streups (30/08/2021, 20:02) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    They trespassing on your property, only to thief your produce and sell them as if they sowed them. If you want keep your two hands, stop take what is not yours.
    • @strups (31/08/2021, 06:44) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes agree but if you catch them thieves and do anything to them you will be the one in trouble. Also I know of an incident some time back a man got robbed by a young man and police from EE station deal with the matter the man had enough evidence (even some valuables) for them to investigate who robbed him all this was given to the EE police and until today he ain't hear back anything and the police keep the valuables and did not give it back to the man. So the thieves are being protected from the top.
    • @steups (31/08/2021, 09:42) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Let me catch them on my property stealing my stuff, they are going to have much more to worry about than losing their hands. All they have to do is ask. These petty thieves need to be stopped
  • Afu (30/08/2021, 20:43) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    That’s why they say, TAKE YOUR MONEY, PURSE AND WALLET with you. Never leave them in your car unattended.
    Sad to say, but you have to take simple steps to avoid having your vehicle broken into.
    On the other hand, I feel your pain and I hope the crooks are brought to justice.
    • The bum (30/08/2021, 21:38) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      In every large parking lot if you having noticed they're people in the car chilling out in the lot and creepily when you looking around before getting out your car their eyes crossed with your eyes. Rite way,Bobby's,ctl cetos Chinese restaurant parking lot,parking lot in front pussers in town.
    • Downwards (31/08/2021, 06:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Good advice, but too bad that big city low grade criminality has become part of life here. How long before they start taking parts off cars…? It’ll continue as long as we’re good with the code of silence.
  • The bum (30/08/2021, 21:30) Like (81) Dislike (1) Reply
    You don't need a stupid degree or a badge or a high position to understand the domino effect of laying off people because not having vaccine,work shortages,failing economy with less gv assistance etc. Ofcourse theft will rise and whose fault is it. Hopefully it doesn't get worse
  • .... (30/08/2021, 22:10) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    if they robbing farms that alone show u that people hurting....they stealing to eat or are they stealing to resell to be big super markets
    • thief (31/08/2021, 21:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I am a victim of such. The suspected thief is a career criminal. I truly believe that stealing isn’t just a way of life-it is a hobby. Look out for the bush man with the van that frequents Josiah’s Bay. His day will come.
  • Getting worst (30/08/2021, 22:37) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Most employers don’t want to pay up the taxes for good standing so a lot of work permits can be renewed so people just choose to stay here illegal and take whatever they can theses days.
  • Hmm (01/09/2021, 02:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    That’s y I say not everyone needs to know you have a farm or make it obvious from afar. I wouldn’t want someone to trespass while the farmer is there who knows what trouble they could get into with those farming tools.
  • Single Mother (01/09/2021, 14:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    A young able bodied man in Long Look , stole all my Avocado off my tree, two 5 gallon buckets, sold them to a grocery store and when I asked him about it ,he told me to go and sell my Huha, down the island he would be poisoned or worse dead.
    This island has lots of poverty on it, something needs to be done, lots of people not working and they just loitering on the streets.

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