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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The criminal proceedings in the Papegaai investigation will take place on March 14, 2017. The trial that had to take place today has been postponed after one of the defense lawyers indicated that she was not prepared to deal with the court case because she was under the assumption that one witness still had to be heard.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Saturday February 4th at approximately 06.00 p.m. several police patrols and detectives were sent to Desam Supermarket on Sint Peters road where shortly before an unknown armed and mask man entered the establishment and while threatening the cashier with a handgun robbed the establishment of an undisclosed amount of cash. After committing this act the suspect fled on foot towards the back of the building.

Due to the quick response and intense search carried out in the Sint peters area two men were seen sitting suspiciously in a car on Apricot road.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Special Unit Robbery is presently investigating an armed robbery which took place on Saturday February 4th at approximately 11.15 a.m. at Dazzling Gem on Front Street.

According to the reports that came into the Emergency Dispatch four unknown masked and armed men arrived at the jewel store in a blue Suzuki Jeep with heavily tinted windows carrying an old taxi license plate. All four men stepped out of the vehicle and stormed into the establishment.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In connection with the ongoing investigation regarding the finding of a firearm in the Pointe Blanche Prison detectives has identified three inmates as the possible suspects in this case.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Thursday February 2nd at approximately 01.00 p.m. an unknown man stormed into Zong Supermarket located on the Middle Region with a machete and threatened the cashier with it.

He then went on to rob the establishment of undisclosed amount cash from the register.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Friday February 3rd representatives from VROMI, Windward Roads, Sint Maarten Concrete and Port Sint Maarten met with representatives from the Police Traffic Department. The main topics that were discussed were regarding material such as gravel, sand and concrete that is spilled on the streets during transportation and left as is and not having it cleaned up.

These spills are mainly caused due to the overloading of the vehicle which is illegal and sometime causes traffic back-ups, leaving severe damage to the streets which finally lead to large financial consequences.

The Police will definitely be addressing this illegal act and also controlling the drivers of these vehicles who must have the required drivers’ license to operate them. Also as one of the main topics that were discussed is the hours that heavy equipment is not allowed on the public roads.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Solicitor-general of Sint Maarten, Jan Spaans, demanded today in Court of Appeal sentences of life in prison, 25 years in prison and 4 years prison respectively for the suspects R.D. (Sint Maarten, 1992), J.L. (Sint Maarten, 1995) and O.A.C. (Sint Maarten, 1981)in the MENAM-case. 

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - In connection with an ongoing investigation in which one suspect has been arrested a vehicle was searched at a carwash located on the Arch road in Sucker garden.

During the search of this vehicle a loaded pistol was found and confiscated for further investigation. The suspect in this case, a seventeen year old young man with initials R.R. was arrested at the carwash at taken to the Philipsburg Police Station where he spoke to his lawyer.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Police traffic Department has given an overview of all traffic accidents that were handled by this department for the month of January 2017. The amount of traffic accidents that were reported and handled by this department totaled 37:

POINT BLANCHE, St. Maarten - As part of a criminal investigation based on information received about the presence of a firearm in the Pointe Blanche prison, the St. Maarten Police Force on Tuesday January 31st, held a search, led by the Public Prosecutors Office, at the prison.

The search took place with the assistance of the marines of the permanent detachment of the Royal Navy in St. Maarten and the St. Maarten Police Force Justice K-9 Unit.    

The search started at approximately 07.30 a.m. and lasted until 05.00 p.m.

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