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UPDATE: Arrests made following Banco Popular robbery on VG

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has already made arrests in relation to the daring daylight robbery on Banco Popular on Virgin Gorda, this morning, March 20, 2020. Photo: VINO/File
Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews said a report of the armed robbery at Banco Popular on Virgin Gorda was received this morning, March 20, 2020 and has been responded to by officers on Virgin Gorda. Photo: VINO
Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews said a report of the armed robbery at Banco Popular on Virgin Gorda was received this morning, March 20, 2020 and has been responded to by officers on Virgin Gorda. Photo: VINO
The Banco Popular Branch at Yacht Harbour, Virgin Gorda has been robbed at gunpoint. Photo: VINO/File
The Banco Popular Branch at Yacht Harbour, Virgin Gorda has been robbed at gunpoint. Photo: VINO/File
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has already made arrests in relation to the daring daylight robbery on Banco Popular on Virgin Gorda, this morning, March 20, 2020.

“Arrests have been made and these persons are assisting with the investigation,” the RVIPF said in a press release.

It is unclear; however, how many persons have been arrested and whether any monies stolen have been recovered.
The amount of money stolen is currently unknown and no injuries have been reported,” police stated.

The RVIPF said it received reports of an armed robbery at Banco Popular in Virgin Gorda at approximately 10:30 am this morning, March 20, 2020, and are actively pursuing the investigation.

Anyone with pertinent information about this incident are asked to contact the RVIPF at its three-digit access number 311 or the Intelligence Unit at 368-9339.

“All information will be treated with the strictest confidence,” it said.

See previous article published March 20, 2020

Armed bandits pounce on Banco Popular VG

Information coming into Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) is that the recently opened Banco Popular location on Virgin Gorda at Yacht Harbour (VG) was robbed at gunpoint sometime this morning, Friday, March 20, 2020.

This was confirmed by Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews who said that a report of the armed robbery at the bank was received and has been responded to by officers on Virgin Gorda and the Force is awaiting an update. 

Details surrounding the robbery are still sketchy; however, Mr Matthews said a report was received at the force around 10:30 am today and investigations are ongoing.

After several months without a bank, banking services were finally returned to VG on November 6, 2019, with Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) remarking, "better has come' for the people of the island and their plight. 

It is unclear how much cash was carted away in the robbery.

Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) will bring more information as it becomes available.

42 Responses to “UPDATE: Arrests made following Banco Popular robbery on VG”

  • Dr cool (20/03/2020, 11:28) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    Come on man
  • wow (20/03/2020, 11:31) Like (60) Dislike (0) Reply
    These imbeciles jus make life harder for themselves and for others, the ppl of VG had to go out of their way to treck to tortola to do business after the closure of scotia, finally a bit of relief and now look at this....smh....F^$&%*^*#@ MORONS!!! They deserve HEAVY consequences once caught, for this brazen and bold faced act.
  • I knew (20/03/2020, 11:46) Like (65) Dislike (10) Reply
    It would only be a matter of time before some idiot
    would do something like this. I am going to say this and I don’t care who get mad. I am black and I bet a black person was responsible. Why is it that blacks always destroy things that is put in place to service the communities.
    • Yessiree (20/03/2020, 12:10) Like (9) Dislike (34) Reply
      You can write the profile of these who dun its with your eyes closed.
      And here goes: Young black males with one or both parents originating from the upper Caribbean Islands.
      • @Yessiree (20/03/2020, 14:24) Like (6) Dislike (15) Reply
        Truth ,And I will add,who vex vex.
      • Hmm (21/03/2020, 12:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        So what does it matter where the parents are from. You making it sound like they taught them the behaviour. It's a learnt behaviour and being u want to play blame game its behaviour learnt based on the environment grown in.
    • live & direct (20/03/2020, 14:03) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
      @ I know/ no need to care because your statement is factual and hear this when you miss any of your personal property be it your cell phone or 52 inch television it is most some black fool
    • @I knew (20/03/2020, 14:31) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
      I agree with you and I feel the same way, I am also a black law abiding citizen and yes, a black person is responsible for this act. Sorry to say but blacks is alway ruining things and bringing shame to the law abiding blacks. Now you all can start saying I am racist for my comment which is true.
      • rolling eyes (20/03/2020, 15:42) Like (22) Dislike (4) Reply
        The majority of the citizens in the VI is black. So duh the probability it’s a black per own is high. Your self hate a ridiculous. Branson robbing y’all blind and not one peep. FOH
        • Dulce (20/03/2020, 20:16) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
          Vi was always Black.when it blossomed it was at least 99.9% Black and zero crime. The demographic has now changed to include an imported demographic of stereotypical Blacks...thieves and murderers. This cannot be denied. They are not the ones complaining. They contribute nothing to the VI .They simply tear it down to a semblance of the cultural heritage they left to come and " build up " the VI.
          Branson's contributions to the VI his existence in the World, are positives of building.. .I will applaud him any day and scorn the mellanated dregs whose existence is negligible and whose behaviour degrade these Islands.

        • @ rolling eyes (20/03/2020, 20:59) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
          There are Blacks and there are blacks.
          I took this down time to scroll the internet and get a glimpse of everyday life and current happenings in some of the other Caribbean Islands.
          I recommend it highly to those with little knowledge about the lives of the other halves.
          Daily,daily ,hourly. It is Carnival of the deadly and death and choppjng of human flesh and kidnapping and burglary,thievery and murder and murdering all nonstop by blacks...I dun scrollin,no more. My stomach weak. There are Blacks and there are blacks.
        • @rolling eyes (20/03/2020, 21:04) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
          What could be more self hating than destroying a country and its economy of a country in which you chose to reside for economic reasons.
      • Tar Baby (20/03/2020, 16:55) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
        @ I know////I am one of blackest people you will come in contact with and I have no criminal record looking around some of our black brothers need to get it together and stop making the majority of us look bad with your Petty criminal conduct
      • (21/03/2020, 02:49) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        Look why you guys have talk about race in the bvi black is the majority in the us white it is so they do the most crime in the uk the same what the point all over the world the majority do the most
  • vi (20/03/2020, 11:50) Like (36) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is real upsetting. VG finally get back a bank.
  • Stupes (20/03/2020, 11:56) Like (40) Dislike (1) Reply
    Throw the book at these morons! And don't tell me nobody see nothing either... it is time for us to speak out against these type of destructive, senseless, lawless and outright willful behaviours now!
  • Hmm (20/03/2020, 11:56) Like (19) Dislike (4) Reply
    No one on the south block or the north block. No scooter rider on the road. It’s not anyone from Tola but right here on VG. What’s crazy a lot of those pucks have their parents scared of them. Welcome to 2020
  • o (20/03/2020, 12:09) Like (7) Dislike (58) Reply
    blame the vip for putting an unarmed bank on a remote island
    • My lane (20/03/2020, 13:49) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
      Many people will dislike your comment but it's the truth the kind of security that's need is very costly like them forget is money them dealing with... it was only a matter of time before it happen...
    • @O (20/03/2020, 14:23) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
      Stop talking bu***hit, I live on Virgin Gorda and I was so thankful that the VIP Government open the bank on Virgin Gorda. Before the bank was open, I needed some emergency cash and I had to wait until the next day to travel to Tortola to the bank. Sorry people, but if I had seen the person doing this, I would have gun them down.
    • Queso (20/03/2020, 15:21) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
      The VI is the VI of success in part because of VIslander's character of honesty,hard work and self sustenance.
      An unarmed bank,unlocked homes,unlocked parked cars were the norm on their remote islands. This all changed when "they" come to build us up". The occupying presence of "they" have changed the remote islands of the VI, to reflect there larcenous and murderous character with the permission and approval of meaning well and less than meaning well elected officials
    • huh (20/03/2020, 15:30) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      No bank in the territory armed
    • some of yall comments (22/03/2020, 08:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ o.. you're an idiot. what does the vip has to do with this? you sound like an A.. without a hole. (rolling my eyes)
  • RealTalk (20/03/2020, 12:37) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    We got the ting dem! They outta luck now..
  • cent (20/03/2020, 13:16) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply

    For months now people been asking to look into the number of unemployed Male walking around here broke and they not from here to see if who have them sponsor have work for them ..claude tired preaching to do something about this situation before it gets out if the problem hit home.

    • Nonsense @ cent (20/03/2020, 14:22) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
      This has nothing to do with broke unemployed male. These human scavengers were born and raised with a gimmee self destruct morality. Never ever paid a bill but wearing the latest,smoking the herb, leaving baby momma and babies all over.
      While many risking their lives even dying to be here for the jobs and money. This diatribe copied from America about black un employed male ibkah blah serves a purpose there...think!!!! and should not be used here. It oes not apply.
    • To cent (20/03/2020, 15:06) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
      Please, let's not go there cause some of these men are just plain lazy and are not willing to go work a regular 9-5 job. They rather sit on the block all day and night and puff their life away.
  • And then (20/03/2020, 15:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Seems like a week ago there was an armed attempted burglary and murder at a small grocery store in Road Town. Out of nationalities and races and ethnicities here in the VI, bet we could all paint a.good portrait of the culprits.
  • Shameless in VG (20/03/2020, 16:50) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Slam the book shut on them. How dare they do this to the community? I agree, if I had seen this going on, I would have gun down each and everyone of them. What’s next? are they going to rob us when we go to use the ATM? Blacks is always F**king things up and destroying each other. And this is coming from another black person that is tired, shame and disgusted With your behavior.
  • police (20/03/2020, 16:55) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ayo ain playing Police.. Less than 24 hours?? I AM IMPRESSED!! Kudos...
  • Will sir (20/03/2020, 17:33) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    U have to bleam d VIP for putting a bank what nonsense people are saying people have to catch a boat to come tola blame those useless teaf
  • VG Resident (20/03/2020, 18:29) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hang them in the town square. Good entertainment for the folks
  • we are doomed (20/03/2020, 18:37) Like (0) Dislike (13) Reply
    The issue is incompetent leadership at all levels in the Police Force. They can't even collect and summarize simple d@mn facts. Just listen to the sh!+ coming from the commissioner and his press department about this robbery, plus what we see everyday passing as law enforcement on the street.
  • street (20/03/2020, 18:54) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Police need to play the bank tape for the public and I'm sure they will be identified. Vg small everybody know everybody mask up or not
  • old (20/03/2020, 22:01) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    We need police at all of the bank with gun, The money in the bank belong to the people
  • Look Nah (21/03/2020, 09:57) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Look how racism got us.
  • JC (21/03/2020, 13:13) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The question is 'what do we do with these youths who are determined to destroy our community no matter how much you reach out to them?' How do we chart a different course for our youths?
    • Sadly (21/03/2020, 19:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sadly the youths of today mind already made up. There’s nothing we can do. We just have to let them bring give time. They will stop themselves
  • unknown (22/03/2020, 13:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Show the camera footages maybe the community can help

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