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‘No stone will be left unturned’ in bringing Pier Park robbers to justice- NSC

File photo of inside House of Luxury, which was robbed by gunmen on July 1, 2023. Photo: Facebook
Video seen by our newsroom showed men dressed in white running amidst the sound of screams of gunshots ringing out at Pier Park. Photo: Team of Reporters
Video seen by our newsroom showed men dressed in white running amidst the sound of screams of gunshots ringing out at Pier Park. Photo: Team of Reporters
WICKHAM’S CAY I, Tortola, VI- The National Security Council (NSC) has said “no stone” will be left unturned in efforts to apprehend the armed persons who daringly robbed jewellery store, House of Luxury, at Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park in broad daylight on Saturday, July 1, 2023.

The robbers, brandishing high-powered weapons, created mayhem when they discharged several rounds; however, there were no injuries.

We are thankful to God that no one was physically injured during the incident, the NSC said in a statement on July 1, 2023.

The NSC said it wishes to assure everyone that the security of the people of the Virgin Islands is of paramount concern and that no stone will be left unturned in bringing the perpetrators of this crime to justice.

The NSC is therefore appealing to anyone with information on those responsible for this violent act to contact the Police with tips at Crime Stoppers and/or the confidential and untraceable hotline 800-8477[TIPS], 800-847-8477 and 368-9339.

Meanwhile, the NSC in the same statement said there will be an increased presence at the Pier Park and at other events taking place in the Territory this weekend to help ensure the public’s safety.

50 Responses to “‘No stone will be left unturned’ in bringing Pier Park robbers to justice- NSC”

  • Yeah, yeah, yeah (02/07/2023, 08:05) Like (34) Dislike (3) Reply
    Just like no stone upturned in unsolved murders, large scale drug running, or even just doing the basic stuff like fixing schools, roads, electricity and so on.
    • fromafar (02/07/2023, 16:51) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
      Yeah, you for real? take time and think about what is at stake avoid being so bitter.
  • Disturb Bvi lander (02/07/2023, 08:17) Like (25) Dislike (6) Reply
    Where are the police? Why there is no foot patrol in Roadtown? What is the commissioner doing? They not solving no crime, Mr. Commissioner I feel very unsafe, I need to see more foot patrol in Roadtown, what are you doing every year you having recruits, where do you place them? Why no stop and search being done? I need these question answered?
    • @ Disturb BVI lander. Businesses too (02/07/2023, 11:32) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
      A store owner can testify that in the 80s & 90s when they were less than 100 police in the force every where was a police patrolling. They came to the store have a little chat then they moved on. I felt safe, The city was well patrolled.. We felt safe. Now we have over 200 police we cant see any police in our city and their excuse is that they don't have enough.."Garbage Nonsense". I think they need to put a freeze on hiring Police, allow them to better utilized and manage the large number they have..
      • Ginga (02/07/2023, 12:21) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply

        Because we give them all vehicles to gallivant so they forget about the business community in the capital. When they go to a little traffic accident it is 4 to 6 of them. If they go to search a home it has 20 with high powered guns and when the real sh** is happening they stay far away until they are sure the perpetrators are long gone then they show up. Them fraid like the rest of us who are unarmed and only them have authority to use guns do they should be in and around the businesses because their presence may well have an influence

      • Nothing never change (02/07/2023, 12:49) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        I agree with you on this topic as a matter of fact the police population is over 300, just last month another 30 had joined. I think the way the police and government use their resources is quiet antiquated. The police need to contract some of its services to private contractors to free up man power also some of the COI investigation should be contacted to external organisations. I sadly think that some police officers are only interested in remittance. That's the sad truth.

        On the other hand if the perpetrators are caught today there case will be tried in 2028 and the judge will take into account they have already served 5 years, so we have already have an overcrowding of cases problem, inferior prosecution and inept prosecutors who is still using a criminal code in 2023.
        The bvi is in a mess nothing works, the country needs a clean sheet from top to bottom with new systems and new ideas in accordance with best international practice however we may win this fight but loose the war.
      • So true (02/07/2023, 16:04) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
        The police them back then were more respectful and courteous towards everyone. Them police today, they are rude and disrespectful. Some of them police men today are working with the robbers.
    • Truth (02/07/2023, 12:02) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      And that patrol with a baton will be a great deterrent to those robbers with the AK-47 , AR15 or Glock 19 .
      • The fool (02/07/2023, 16:10) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

        Amen ...kmt the police force and the wider government bodies need to know that criminals in the 80s and 90 are different from now the police force need to arm all competent officers and done with this community policing sh**

    • cops (02/07/2023, 14:17) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      Them police come here to put them family to rob Tortola island man done come telling me Tortola is easy to rob saying the bank's don't have police and there brother is a police
  • Pure Talk!!! (02/07/2023, 08:27) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    law enforcement in this territory is now in charge by representatives born in london and no one will chastise his operations

    high day and robberies is normal in this once tranquil land: the same head of crime in this lands had the nerve to create and publish a video belittling our country

    Those of us over 60 years can open say we now more police officers yet more crime[no one blaming the police: just facts

  • Babylon (02/07/2023, 08:29) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Although crime is crime I wish they would say no stone left unturned for murders also. Sizzla was right . Police get pay to protect their business
  • I’m very disappointed (02/07/2023, 08:34) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Even after the incident there was still no police patrol in Roadtown cop please change your plan of action you cannot stop crime from happening but deterrent is key please put shoes on the ground. I beg you
  • SCB (02/07/2023, 09:01) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wish you’d stop using “daring” and “daringly” to describe what a couple of thugs did, criminally and cowardly (masked) and shockingly carrying lethal weapons to rob a business in broad daylight, causing trauma to unsuspecting day time shoppers at the Cruise Pier Park.
  • TALK TALK TALK (02/07/2023, 09:10) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Talk very cheap. No stone should be left upturn with no gun violence whatsoever. So many unsolved murders and crimes. What makes this one any different? What kind of stones are you turning.
    .youall always have a fancy speech full of impressive word for everything show us some solid arrests , charges and convictions. Show is solid police presence throughout each community day and night and theb we can see your stones turning to building blocks.
  • Rhythm up.. (02/07/2023, 09:20) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    By now they should know the identity. They are just trying to locate them..They enter without mask. With this much cameras all around. They are not that smart. They will be caught
  • smh (02/07/2023, 09:24) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    Welcome To The BVI where we got to wait until something bad happen to see the presence of the Police only for it to last TWO WEEKS or LESS until they disappear into their office again.
  • resident (02/07/2023, 09:27) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    The police here are lame they couldn't find a crook if he wore a big flashing neon sign
  • rattie (02/07/2023, 09:31) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just talk
  • NICK (02/07/2023, 09:35) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tell the police to release the video,so that the public would be able to identify the criminals,this was a well planned event,the police wasn't train for this kind of robbery,these criminals go out to do this act even if it would cost them their lives,they was well prepared will high power rifles,they choose long look because it's a well populated area and the police would have a long time looking for where the gun shot was fired whiles the real criminals are in town picking up the merchandise without police interference,think like a criminals and you would find them,these are boys from the south that going broke and have bills dugs money to pay back,tola small and bush have ears,you will get cought,your plan was good but not great,,,the police need to go to the cell phone companies and ask them to do a survey at the same time the robbery accord at the pier park with cell phone numbers that was present at the set location,the robbers must have cell phone to make contact with pick up and drop off,then again I don't know if these cell phone technicians are capable because you always see there vehicles at bar and clubs,anyway back to the robbers,look at the outfits,the photo the news have to me looks like it are painting jumpers,if it was purchased here take a trip to ctl and drakes or wherever sells painting suits and show the surveillance for the past 30 days,all boat leaving the moorings and tobacco warft should also be scanned because,that also could be a drop off point in the water and pick up by another individual,this is a 4 person robbery,have the surveillance from the stop light in front of tobacco warft with showing any vehicle or individual that isn't a resident in those villas or work at the company next door,also any small vessel leaving mooring..I give you dumb police enough to follow,yet yall stupid ass give me a ticket,some of you only join the force for my tax money benefits.
    • Won't help (02/07/2023, 16:11) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      The police can release the video, but people ain't gonna call because the police them contacts the thieves and tell the thieves who reported them and the thieves now goes after that person that turned their names in and the thieves kill that person. Tortola police force is so damn corrupt that it's a disgrace. Soon people gonna stop vacation there with all the shootings and robbings. People don't even want to leave their homes after dark today because of all the robbing and shootings. Tortola need to tuffing there law go back to the hanging.
      • @ won't help (02/07/2023, 18:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        U are so right the will the killer who turn them in i know that for sure .
  • huh (02/07/2023, 09:40) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

    Should be a stronger police presence before this happened. within 1/2 square mile we have all of the banks, all of the jewelry stores and all protected by contract security companies that with all due respect, cant stand up to teanagers mouthing off let alone adults being agressive...absolutly pointless if there isnt the official back up of armed police in the area .....on patrol,
    how many high value targets are the at TPP. ??..To many for tpp to not have proper securitt in place.
  • jj (02/07/2023, 09:47) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am tired of hearing this recycled speech from the NSC. They are always reactive rather than proactive. That’s why the criminals are always 10 steps ahead. It’s time for that group to put a well thought out plan in place to protect the businesses and citizens of our community.

    Mr. Governor, Mr. Premier and other members of the NSC, you are failing us horribly! Why hire so many police officers if they are not going to be utilized by having them frequently patrol (by vehicle, bikes, motorcycles and on foot) commercialized and other heavily populated areas? Yes I agree that you can’t be everywhere at the same time but this has been happening for far too long for you not to have a game plan. The only time we see police officers is immediately after an incident or when they want to put extra $$$ in the kitty so they do traffic checks to check vehicle licensing and tint.

    Please do what is expected of you. Be proactive rather than reactive. The community will continue to be skeptical of you until you prove that you have what it takes to execute plans that will minimize crime and quickly capture assailants. The festival season is upon us. Please do what you have to ensure that copycats know that you are serious about crime.

    Additionally, stiffer laws are needed as penalties for having guns (especially riffles). Currently, a trip to Balo does very little when it comes to scaring the criminal community. This needs to be changed.

  • Peie (02/07/2023, 09:56) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    Get Javelin security on the job the George guy has the best team for security.
  • Mike (02/07/2023, 09:58) Like (18) Dislike (7) Reply
    Few years ago I was there with my son . He was riding a small bicycle with training wheels when a quite aggressive security guy objected to my 4 y.o. boy riding at max 1mph on the sidewalk. I guess the "tough" man in uniform was not there at the time of the robbery to make the bandits job harder, at least. Some of those employees are there to harass and be a nuisance to the peaceful ppl but when real issues happen they evaporate.
    • No Stone left unturn means (02/07/2023, 11:58) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
      1/ .Questioning every security on duty find out what they saw, where they were and what they were doing during the time of the Robbery...2/ Question every employee of the store find out what they know, what they saw during the Robbery and if they can identify the persons if see them again..find out if they saw any suspicious persons inquiring about Jewelry and prices but didn't buy for the past two weeks.. Of course use the Camera to validate their stories not to lead the story...These are basics for a good investigator.. So I am confident these questioning will be done..
    • @ Mike (02/07/2023, 14:29) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      The guard was doing his job. You and I both know you are wrong. Anywhere else he would have been made to do the same. It is a side walk for pedestrians . Not bicycles. Rules are rule. Not sure why you feel feel exempted?
  • And I hope (02/07/2023, 10:33) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    And I do hope no stones are left unturned. This could have turned out where innocent lives could have been lost or seriously injured. The reprehensible action of the two robbers must be dealt with severe punishment by the law. Today the Pier Park, tomorrow a Supermarket or another place of business? Someone knows who the two are and should turn them into law enforcement. Those two cast a bad vibe over the Pier Park.
  • B (02/07/2023, 10:41) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    You guys need to control yourselves, tell me a country that thia does not take place, not saying that it is right, but there are a lot of us yabbering who knows exactly what is going on but we hide the information, that makes us just as responsible and guilty as the persons carrying out the crimes.
  • De Grneral (02/07/2023, 10:43) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    We neex to get rid of Persons who are on Statutory Boards who are Answerable to the Public .Security of the Blessed Virgin Islands should stand up for Justice and weed out the Sleepers and facilators on the Boards .Security of the Homeland is foremost .
  • Tell yo (02/07/2023, 10:45) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    I said it before and I’ll say it again. All business owners need to protect their businesses we need to get licenses to carry guns to protect our homes and businesses. Like just what happened where are the police when you need them? Who carry guns? Crooks! And they know it. If they knew we are protecting our home and business they will think twice!
  • Fed Up (02/07/2023, 11:06) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh so It’s no stone left unturned because it’s a well known business establishment, but when it comes to the countless murders it’s not pursued with the same energy. It’s not nice what happened, however material things can be replaced, but lives have been lost over the years and they just turn into cold cases because of your half ass efforts and quite frankly they don’t care.
  • Cruise ships (02/07/2023, 11:11) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wonder how many cruise ships will keep coming if pier parks is susceptible to armed robberies. Need armed guards now like they have in Columbia. If no tourism, then no jobs. No jobs = more crime. Government what will you do? ….hold a free concert!!!
  • tola (02/07/2023, 11:16) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Them lazy police need do work than just being in AC
  • lol (02/07/2023, 11:48) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I guess that means they leave stones unturned in other cases!
  • TALK THAT (02/07/2023, 12:05) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    So it’s now clear the white uk police are on a bar tour and just here to lock up those on their witch hunt list !!!! We need the un fast the uk exploitation of our treasury via the police force is the biggest shame /scam ever
  • Sic (02/07/2023, 12:24) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    I hope they were not visitors and that is not our reward for the free/not concert.
  • @ NICK ???? (02/07/2023, 12:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
  • ??? (02/07/2023, 14:04) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Hope law enforcement are checking sales and health of the business to determine if slow sales resulted in planned heist for insurance claim.
  • again (02/07/2023, 14:42) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The entire force in VG need to reshuffle these fat ass women just drive around eat in A/C co.comfort
  • Shaken & Stirred (02/07/2023, 15:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I fear a statement about no stones unturned is simply a way of admitting no clues will be pursued and this will be another “mystery”. The police capability in the BVI is woeful, as is its UK appointed leadership. My thoughts today are with the business owners, their devoted team and family and all the terrified passersby. Acts of violence are sadly universal but a shoot out and robbery in a shopping area on a sunny Saturday afternoon is shocking wherever you are. The people of the BVI deserve so much more than this.
  • Migoman (02/07/2023, 16:23) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Im no crime professional but heres my take, and this is what i witnessed while at the bank yesterday. The call came in on reports of the robbery. All responding officers fled to the scene immediately. One even almost collided with another vehicle by banco. WHY????
    Why are all officers headed toward the scene of a crime where the perpertrators clearly left minutes prior? Arent they suppose to be forming some sort of outter peremeter to narrow down a search? Cops came from the town, east and western direction. The perpertrators obviously ran in one of those directiions. Could you imagine a cop car literally flying past them because theyre all busy running to the pier park?
  • justin (02/07/2023, 20:33) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    when the governor is leaving he should walk with commissioner of police
  • Hmm (02/07/2023, 21:10) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    How is the rvipf gonna have enough police patrolling in town when they don't even have enough at the district stations?? Yet, you go to the rt station and 10 of them squeezed up in the guard room... every year dem hire 500 new recruits.... Lol lol it ain't must be easy?? Y'all calling for things that's s impossible for them.... During the weekdays Dem out sharing tickets left right and center, can't find em up the hillsides, can't find em out the rt district period.... What police?? Road town police? Hmm sure ain't VI police ... Ayo keep calling for em.
  • FBI (03/07/2023, 06:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who owns that blue dirty kipling back pack
  • Lucky (03/07/2023, 08:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The things that are going on in out country is very sad but I must say, we have to blame ourselves.
    If we will start calling a spade a spade and standing on our decisions as one ppl things will be better.
    In this small bvi it's all about who u know and what last name u carry. If your child or does wrong nip it asap font allow it yo go on this always ende up bad.
    It could be your boss, friend, ehoever , if they are doing anything wrong and you know it's wrong tell them they are wrong and you will not condol it.

    This will put a damper on our tourism and the law is not for any of us here.
  • El Demonio Negro (05/07/2023, 08:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ninjas get robbed everyday B they going be alright. They tuff right?
  • RedStorm (06/07/2023, 17:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    That backpack is key to identify the male perpetrators, but is the second perpetrator that got me in a bind. She either want to pee herself or is just a sissy practicing to wear heels. You will catch them ,in a few years, if they ride out of here on a boat, then you have to check Texas, seems most end up here for the hiding.

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