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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”.

  1. On Thursday September 21st a male suspect identified with initials S.C. was arrested at his home in Philipsburg for the possession of a large quantity of stolen items for which he could not provide the necessary documents. These items were found during a search of his home. The items included flat screen televisions, name brand ladies bags, watches and other jewelry. These items were all confiscated for further investigation. The suspect was taken to the Philipsburg Police Station where he remains in custody for further investigation.
  2. Three persons living in Sucker garden were arrested by police on Thursday September 21st at approximately 04.00 p.m. for the illegal possession of stolen items after they could produce ownership documents for the items that were found during a house search ordered by the Public Prosecutor. These items included a flat-screen television, name brand bags, stereo equipment, curtains, new electrical tools, a transport vehicle and an amount of cash. All items were confiscated for further investigation. All suspects in this case identified with initials B.M., T.L.M. and R.L.M. were arrested on the spot and taken to the Philipsburg Police Station where they remain in custody for further investigation.
  3. On Thursday September 21st at approximately 04.00 p.m. 4 teenagers were arrested by police for the break-in and entering of a store on Back Street. During the arrest of these suspects a considerable amount of the stolen items were found in their possession. The stolen items consisted of roller-blades and bicycles among other items. These items were all confiscated as part of the further investigation. All four suspects were immediately arrested and taken to the Philipsburg Police Head Quarters where they are being held for questioning and further investigation.
  4. On Friday September 22nd at approximately 08.00 a.m. during a raid held on an apartment complex adjacent to a popular supermarket on Welfare road a total of 11 persons were arrested. Four of these persons were arrested for illegal fire arm possession and fencing and one for theft. During the raid a shotgun, several brand new outboard boat engines, outboard gasoline gas-tanks, DVD-players and other electrical equipment were found and confiscated for further investigation. All suspects were taken to the Philipsburg Police Head Quarters where they remain in custody for further investigation. The other seven persons were all in violation of the immigration laws and were all turned over to the immigration department for processing.

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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