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PHILIPBURG, St. Maarten - The Special Unit Robbery is presently is presently investigating an armed robbery which took place on Monday February 13th at approximately 02.00 a.m. at Beach Plaza Casino on the Walter Nisbeth road in Philipsburg.

According to reports at two unmasked men both with a firearm robbed that cashier of an undisclosed amount of cash. After committing this act both men calmly left the scene on foot.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The detective department is conducting an investigation into the shooting that took place during the evening hours of Saturday November 4th, 2016 at approximately 11 p.m. in a home that is situated on the Back Street in down town Philipsburg.

Under the direction of the Public Prosecutor’s offices a team of detectives are following up on different leads into this incident and are soliciting the public’s assistance as the investigation continues.

Detectives are interested in speaking to the drivers of the dark colored Hyundia Sonata and a white Kia Picanto that happened to be on the scene when this act was being committed. Both drivers of these vehicles are potential witnesses to the shooting as both reverse at high speeds away from the scene of the crime as the assailants were carrying out their assault. 

Detectives are also interested in speaking to some people who were walking next to the Kadaster building in the direction of Front Street as the crime was taking place. The person’s in question consisted of one man and three women. They were seen walking together along the Cannegieter Street just behind the office of the utility company GEBE. These four individuals walked from the Cannegieter Street into the Hensy Beaujon Steeg (this is the side road between the office of the Kadaster and New Testament Church of God)As these four individuals were about the cross from de Hensy Beaujon Steeg onto the Back Street a white vehicle drove pass them. This vehicle then stopped directly in front of them in the middle of Back Street.   

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Thursday February 9th 2017 police continued with their general controls as was published on social media and local newspapers last week. One of these general controls was held between 08.00 p.m. and 12.00 a.m. on different locations on the Dutch side of the island including the round-a-bout at the Grand Marche Supermarket in Cul-de–sac. During the general control at this location a total of 46 vehicles were stopped and controlled.

These controls led to the arrest of three men with initials H.R.P. (26), J.J.A (21) and J.H.A. (19) for the possession a substantial amount of marihuana that was found in the vehicle the suspects were driving in at the time of the control. The marihuana was found by the Justice K-9 Unit after they were called in to assist in the search. The suspects in question were all arrested on the spot and taken to the Philipsburg Police Station where they remained in custody for further investigation. The vehicle and the marihuana were also confiscated for further investigation. (See pics of drugs attached.)

As the controls continued at approximately 10.30 p.m. at that same location, two police officers taking part in the controls were intentionally driven into by two vehicles driven by unknown persons who, for whatever reason, did not want to be stopped by police. The officers in question gave the drivers of the vehicles a timely and noticeable stop sign and directed them where they should bring their vehicle to a stop to be controlled.

These drivers however did not adhere to the stop sign and other instructions given by the police officers but instead increased the speed of their vehicles and drove directly at the officers obligating them to jump out of the away to avoid being ran over.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - During the criminal proceedings on February, 9 2017, the Prosecutor asked jail sentences against the three suspects of an armed robbery committed on October 19, 2016. Three masked men drove up to Budget Marine in Cole Bay in a white Suzuki Vitara. Two men stepped out of the car and walked into the store.

One threatened the personnel with a fire arm or something that looked like an firearm while the other one took the cash: 670 US dollars, two cash drawers each containing at least 110 US dollars and one or more blue cash deposit bags. After the robbery the three men sped off and tried to dispose of the car by lighting it on fire, but the car did not catch fire. One of the suspects walked to his house got his own car and returned to pick up the other two suspects.

The prosecutor deemed it legally and convincingly proven that the three men committed the robbery based on video footage of the robbery, statements of the suspects, data on phones confiscated during a search at the house of one of the suspects and also dna recovered from clothes found in the back of the car. The Prosecutor believed that unconditional jail sentences were in place seeing the seriousness of the crime committed.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Based on information of illegal firearm possession and the good working cooperation between the RST and the police force (KPSM), another man with initials R.B. (36) was arrested at is home located at Fort Willem on Wednesday February 8th at approximately 03.00 p.m. after it was searched by law officials. During this search a handgun was found by the investigating officers and confiscated for further investigation. The suspect was taken to police head quarters in Philipsburg where he remains in custody pending further questioning.

The police department continues to receive calls from members in the community regarding crime and criminal activities taking place on the island. These cases are all taken very seriously and being investigated thoroughly. After sufficient information is gathered the situation is dealt with immediately.

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.

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