PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - A large team consisting of police officers from the Police force of Sint Maarten, the police forces of Aruba, Curacao, the Netherlands, members from the Royal Marechaussee, VKC, VKS and the Customs Department in the presence of a public prosecutor, executed several searches in the Fort Willem area.
These searches were done based on information that was shared with the police department concerning stolen items looted and hidden in that area in the aftermath of hurricane Irma.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Wednesday September 27th at approximately 01.30 a.m. while driving on the Sucker garden road, a police patrol instructed the driver of a vehicle with license plate 3435AAC to stop his vehicle, to be controlled in connection with the curfew. During the control the driver explained that he finished working late and that he was on his way home.
One of the investigating officers noticed the butt of a gun sticking out of one of drivers pockets.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - A man identified with initials R.M. was arrested by police on Tuesday September 26th in the possession of stolen electronic items based on reliable information that was shared with the police department.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Police Force of Sint Maarten with the assistance of the police forces from Aruba, Curacao, the Netherlands, the Royal Marechaussee, and the V.K.C. that are presently on the island along with the V.K.S. and the Customs Department, continue to make great progress in the arrest of persons, who have been identified as suspects in the mass looting of many businesses on the island, in the aftermath of hurricane Irma.
The amount of arrests in the looting investigations continues to grow rapidly and this is due to the amount of reliable information that continues to pour into the police department daily. House searches and raids were then executed of this information was received which resulted in the arrest of many suspects.
On Monday, September 25th, 4 suspects were arrested during three house searches that were executed at different locations on the Dutch Side of the island;
The first house search took place at a home in Ebenezer where the suspect identified with initials B.B.L.L. was arrested for looting. During the search of his home numerous electronic items were found and confiscated.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Saturday September 23rd 2017 three suspects were arrested by Detectives for looting. These arrests were made based on reliable information that was shared with police department. Two apartments were searched at a complex in Cole Bay during which a large amount and a large assortment of house hold items were found and confiscated.
Two persons identified with initials L.W. (63) and S.R.S. (22) were arrested at this location and taken to the Philipsburg Police Head Quarters.
A third suspect identified with initials F.A.C.O. was also arrested on that same day for the possession of several brand new items for which he could not present a documentation of ownership.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Based on reliable information, the Detective Department with assistance from the police forces of Aruba and Curacao, the Netherlands, Caribbean Netherlands, the Royal Marechausse, VKC, VKS, the Custom Department, Coast Guard and Dutch Marines presently on the island have started investigations against persons who have been involved in the looting of large amounts of merchandise in the aftermath of hurricane “Irma”.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The investigation “MARS” was treated “pro-forma” on Thursday in the prison Point Blanche on Sint Maarten. It was decided by the judge that the suspects K.K.K. S. and T.J. F. will remain in prison till the next “pro-forma” on November 15th. “MARS” is the investigation into the murder in December 2016 of the two men Sarante-Diaz and Rosario. T.J.F. and K.S.S.S. They were arrested on February 16 and 17 respectively and are still in pre-trial detention.
Suspect M.I. was presented before the judge of instruction (rechter-commissaris) for looting. He will remain in custody for the next 8 days.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - As the situation begins to normalize on the island of Sint Maarten and curfews issued during the evening hours, persons continue to violate this law and venture out on the streets without a hurricane pass.
Between Wednesday September 20th and Thursday September 21st a total of 10 persons were arrested for the violation of the curfew. Three females in the group are also residing illegal on the island. All persons were taken to the Philipsburg Head Quarters were they will be processed and brought before the Prosecutor who will decide on how to further deal with these cases.
The policed department continues to warn the community, not to venture out on the public roads during the curfew.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - As we are awaiting the arrival of hurricane Maria, the public needs to be aware of the fact, that the Sint Maarten Police Force, the Marines, together with the other law enforcement organizations on the island, will enforce a zero-tolerance policy related to the curfew. We advise the entire community to follow this curfew very strictly to avoid being arrested.
Know that the police, Marines and other law enforcement organizations are visible in all communities at full capacity.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Detectives are presently investigating the fatal stabbing of a man residing “Over the Bank” in Philipsburg. This incident took place on Sunday September 17th between 07.00 and 08.00 a.m.
Several police patrols, detectives and Forensic Department were on the scene to protect the crime scene, collect evidence and question potential witnesses.
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