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JM | Dec 4, 2020

JCF thwarts cross-parish robbery spree of four in St Andrew

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

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An unassuming car at first glance, but this Toyota Isis has been a vehicle of mayhem, piloted by four thugs that have repeatedly terrorised law-abiding citizens in several parishes. Their reign of terror came to a crashing halt on Thursday as members of the Jamaican police force shut down their nefarious operation in the middle of their latest robbery in St Andrew. (Photo: Facebook @JamaicaConstabularyForce)

The pre-Christmas crime spree of four Jamaican men was stopped in its tracks in St Andrew on Thursday afternoon (December 3) when police intercepted their getaway car along Red Hills Road.

According to a statement from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, several smartphones, a laptop and an undetermined sum of cash were recovered, as well as purses, handbags and other personal belongings.

An assortment of smartphones, wallets, purses and other personal effect was seized by the police, as well as a semi-automatic pistol. (Photo contributed)

In its report, the JCF noted that fast action of its anti-robbery task force paired with the Jamaica Eye CCTV initiative led to the arrests and seizure.

“Reports from the Constant Spring Police are that about 3:20 pm, lawmen assigned to the St. Andrew North Police Anti-Robbery Initiative team responded to a robbery in progress on Red Hills Road in the parish,” the JCF noted.

Assisted by the Jamaica CCTV initiative, the JCF anti-robbery task force claimed its first four suspects along Charlton Alley in St Andrew on Thursday. (Photo: Facebook @JamaicaConstabularyForce)

“The team which was supported by the Police Emergency Communication Centre with the utilisation of CCTV footage intercepted a black Toyota Isis motorcar with robbers aboard along Charlton Alley in the parish,” the police added.

The JCF said the driver was signalled to stop but ignored the order—speeding off before crashing into a wall after which all four men exited the vehicle and fire at the police.

“The lawmen actively pursued them, apprehended all four, seized one semi-automatic pistol with a magazine affixed and several 9mm rounds of ammunition,” the police indicated.

Heads hung in shame, the four (presumably young) robbers hide from the camera. (Photo: Facebook @JamaicaConstabularyForce)

The police said the black Toyota Isis fits the description of a car involved in several robberies across Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine and St Thomas.
Their identities have been withheld pending further investigation.

The JCF further advised Jamaicans that lawmen are appealing to anyone recently robbed to make contact with the Constant Spring Police at 876-924-1421 or 876-924-1435.

Police investigators search a knapsack back, which was reportedly filled with the personal belongings of the robbers’ victims. (Photo contributed)

Additionally, persons who previously made reports are encouraged to revisit their local police stations.

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