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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Friday morning November 3rd, the mother of a 14 years old student came to the Police Station to discuss an incident that occurred. She stated that on Thursday November 2nd her son was attending class at a secondary school and later in the afternoon he started to feel unwell and needed medical attention.
He was taken to the Sint Maarten Medical Center where he was treated. It turned out that he was possibly drugged by an unknown person (or persons). The victim was allowed to go home the next day and his condition is stable. This is a very serious case and the Juvenile Department is investigating the matter.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Special Robbery Unit of the Police Department is presently investigating an armed robbery at the Chinese Supermarket Fresh Pond on the Sucker Garden Road. The incident took place on Saturday November 4th at approximately 15.00 p.m. The call came in to the Emergency Dispatch who immediately sent the police patrol to investigate what had taken place.

On the scene the officers spoke to the victims and several witnesses.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Thursday November 2nd and Friday November 3rd a total of 59 inmates that were housed at the Point Blanche Prison were relocated to detention centers in Curacao and the Netherlands. 28 of these inmates were relocated to Curacao and the remaining 31 relocated to the Netherlands. The relocation of these inmates is in connection with repairs and reconstruction work which has to be done at the Point Blanche prison due to the damage caused by hurricane Irma. The relocation of the inmates was previously announced to the public via a press release sent out by Norman Serphos the spokesperson for the Public Prosecutors Office.

This two days operation was a major undertaking which was carefully planned and executed led by the Police Force of Sint Maarten, involving the Point Blanche prison, the National Police Force of the Netherlands, The Royal Marechaussee, Public Prosecutors Office of Sint Maarten, the Office of the Attorney General (PPG), the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Curaçao, prison SDKK (Curacao), KPC (Police Force of Curacao), Department of Defence, the Ministries of Justice of Curaçao and Sint Maarten and the Ministry for Safety and Justice in the Netherlands.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - During the recent house searches that were done in the “looting investigation” in the aftermath of hurricane Irma investigators found and confiscated several pieces of jewelry probably from a store that sells this specific type of jewelry.

PHILISPBURG, St. Maarten - On Wednesday, October 1st at approximately 08.50 a.m. the 911 Emergency Dispatch Center received a call of an ongoing armed robbery at Le Grand March in Cul de sac. According to reports a group of six masked men armed with guns and dressed in dark clothing forced themselves into the establishment. The security guards that were on duty were pistol-whipped to the back of head and threatened with their guns.

The culprits then went on to rob the establishment of an unknown amount of cash. During the robbery a shot was fired by one of the robbers however, no-one was reported shot. After committing this robbery the suspects fled the establishment, jumped into a white Suzuki van with license plate 4735 AAB and fled into the direction of Sint Peters.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Prisoners from the prison Point Blanche (Sint Maarten) and the Sentro di Detenshon di Kòrsou (Curaçao) will be temporarily redistributed within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This in the context of emergency relief for Sint Maarten.

Soon a total of 28 prisoners from the Point Blanche prison will be temporarily transferred to the prison Sentro di Korekshon i Detenshon Kòrsou (SDKK) on Curaçao and 31 temporarily transferred to Sint Maarten to the Netherlands. Prior to that all ready 5 detainees from Curaçao have been temporarily transferred to the Netherlands.

The transport is needed to begin the necessary repairs to the prison in Philipsburg which had suffered serious damage caused by hurricane “Irma” and “Maria”.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Police Traffic Department is presently investigating a serious traffic incident which resulted in the driver of a heavy transport vehicle tragically losing his life. The incident took place on Saturday October 28th at approximately 02.15 p.m. on Ground Dove road in Point Blanche. Several police patrols, Police Traffic Department and Paramedics were sent to the scene to give the necessary assistance.

On the scene the investigating officers learnt that the driver of the heavy transport vehicle with license plate V-1502, identified with initials J.W.E., which seemingly had mechanical problems, for unknown reasons started rolling forward.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The police force of Sint Maarten is doing its upmost to protect you from all kinds of criminal activities. Unfortunately, armed robberies do occur in our community. They are criminal acts that have serious impact on victims as well as public. Because it’s better to be safe than sorry, the Sint Maarten Police Force has some precautions listed for you. Possibly they can help you prevent a robbery.

Precautions

1.Always bear in mind to observe your environment. You, off course, know best what’s ‘normal’ in your own surroundings, so if you see any suspicious people or vehicles, don’t hesitate to call the police (911). Give them a good description of the people or vehicle that seems suspicious to you. Good observation only can take place when your business and surrounding areas are well lit, so repair broken lights or install new ones.

2. Make sure you have as little money as possible in your store. Take your money to safer places regularly, for instance a bank. In case your store does get robbed, the robbers don’t have a big gain.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Special Robbery Unit of the Police Department is presently investigating an armed robbery at the Chinese Supermarket Lucky Star in Dutch Quarter. The incident took place on Thursday October 26th at approximately 07.15 p.m.

The call came in to the Emergency Dispatch who immediately sent the police patrol to investigate what had taken place.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Sunday October 22, the Sint Maarten Police Force assisted by members of the Police Forces of the Netherlands, Aruba, Curacao, The Royal Marechaussee, VKC and VKS, carried out extra Patrols in the Simpson Bay Area, since an Benefit Concert took place at Kim Sha Beach. Just before midnight, one of the Bike Officers on the Billy Folly Road, saw a man driving reckless that drew his attention.

The officer approached the man, but the driver was not amused that the officer signaled him.

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