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Police arrest two in boat burglaries

September 10th, 2013 | Tags: RVIPF arrests Boats burglaries
Head of the Crime Prevention Unit Sergeant Tilda Henry speaks to Director of Conch Charters Peter Twist and Manager Ross Keeble on a security inspection visit to the premises. Sergeant Henry is accompanied by Constable Germma Williams. Photo: supplied
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Increase patrols by Police in response to the recent rise in boat burglaries has resulted in the arrest of two men found in and around the marinas in the Territory.

This past week, Akim Stevens, 23, of no fixed place of abode was arrested on suspicion of burglary after he was identified as a trespasser at the Moorings Marina. Over the weekend, Leslie McKenzie, 26, of Huntums Ghut was arrested after he was found near the Hodges Creek Marina with a bag containing a number of items including a pair of latex gloves, knife, a ratchet handle and a number of other tools. The men were caught in these marinas during the night.

Both men have since been charged; one for trespassing and other with going equipped to steal.

There has been a significant rise in the number of boat burglaries at marinas, with nine of those burglaries having taken place within last two weeks, all on the island of Tortola.

Since the rise, the RVIPF’s Criminal Investigations Department and the Crime Prevention Unit have worked closely with marinas to strengthen security around their compounds and implement new or improved measures to identify trespassers and burglars when entering these premises. Officers on Beat and Patrol have also increased land patrols while the Marine Branch increased sea patrols in and around marinas. 

Most of the marinas have been responsive and are in the process of making the necessary changes to their operations to protect their charters boats and clients.

Persons who have any information that can assist in identifying possible perpetrators of boat burglaries can contact the Criminal Investigation Department through the RVIPF access number 311.

4 Responses to “Police arrest two in boat burglaries”

  • pic (10/09/2013, 17:18) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    the police stupid make the news media show the faces of these thief so it will shame them or the police is thief's thief?
  • Love (10/09/2013, 19:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yeah faces please
  • opps (10/09/2013, 19:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    These young men in the bvi have to steal because they are very lazy
  • rodent (11/09/2013, 09:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    Catching these to bandits shows that the police have the capabilities to control the crime in the BVI's
    I hope they interrogate the 2 thieves to see who else they're working with.

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