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Two men arrested over armed robbery

Two men have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery, police said this afternoon.

Armed robbers targeted a Hamilton Parish home, stealing personal items and a motorcycle in one of two firearms incidents on Monday.

At around 10.30pm, two armed men wearing black helmets with visors entered the home on Trinity Church Road, both wielding what appeared to be firearms.

According to a police spokesman, the intruders stole personal items and a black SYM motorcycle with the licence number BR438, which they used to make their escape, leaving the victims uninjured.

An hour later, a man on Westwood Lane in Paget was confronted by two men, one brandishing what appeared to be a firearm. No injuries were reported, and nothing was taken.

The spokesman said: “While detectives have not formally linked the two incidents, all lines of enquiry are being pursued including the possibility that these reported occurrences may be related to each other or other offences.

“The public will see a heightened police presence in some areas, and while this may cause some inconvenience we will endeavour to keep this to a minimum while guaranteeing that those who may engage in criminal activities will be given closer attention.”

Earlier yesterday uniformed officers were in the Trinity Church Road area, canvassing the neighbourhood as the investigation into the incident continues.

The incident had caused a “lot of consternation” in the neighbourhood, according to one area resident last night.

It is believed that the home was broken into while the occupants slept.

The suspects in the Hamilton Parish incident are described as a dark skinned male, approximately 5ft 7in tall and a light skinned male, approximately 5ft 8in tall. They were of slim build and medium build respectively, wearing dark coloured clothing, blue jeans and dark coloured helmets with dark coloured visors.

The suspects in the Paget incident are described as approximately 6ft 1in tall and 5ft 10in tall, wearing dark coloured clothing. The two males were on a dark coloured motorcycle, wearing a dark coloured helmet and a light coloured helmet respectively, with dark coloured visors. One of the offenders was dark skinned.

The police spokesman said officers are particularly interested in speaking with the male driver of a car possibly a Renault car who may have been overtaken in the vicinity of Red Hole boatyard around 11.30pm on Monday by this dark coloured motorcycle heading in a westerly direction.

The incidents are the most recent in a series of armed robberies. Last week a robber stole cash from Serpentine Liquors in a daylight incident.

Two armed robberies were reported within an hour of each other on March 5. In one incident, a family was held at gunpoint as a South Shore, Southampton cottage as two men stole cash and electronics.

In the other, a cab driver was held at gunpoint by two men near Lolly's Lane in Smiths.

Last night, National Security Minister Wayne Perinchief said what appears to be a trend in armed “home invasions” will “no doubt” be on the agenda of the first National Security Council meeting to be held on March 28.

“It [the trend of home invasions] is something that the Commissioner of Police had apprised me of, and he has assured me that he is delegating resources to try to mitigate it,” Mr Perinchief said.

“My advice to the general public is to continue to do what they are doing as far as neighbourhood watches and securing their homes.

“I believe these perpetrators are becoming more emboldened because they are now using firearms or at least purporting to have firearms.”

Responding to the news yesterday, Shadow Security Minister Shawn Crockwell said that while statistics may suggest crime is on the decline, the recent spike in robberies gives cause for concern.

“If home invasions and home robberies become common, then I think that it can be the death knell to attracting international business and to attracting tourists to our country,” he said.

“I'm very concerned that these thugs are going into our homes and tourist accommodations and robbing people.”

This afternoon a Police spokesman said: "Officers actively pursuing lines of enquiry related to recent reported firearm incidents conducted a search warrant at a Rambling Lane, Pembroke residence Tuesday evening, March 20.

"As a result, two men were arrested in connection with the reported armed burglary of a Trinity Church Road, Hamilton Parish residence around 10.30pm Monday, March 19. Both men remain in police custody pending further inquiries.

"Detectives continue to appeal for anyone with any information regarding the Hamilton Parish incident or the reported attempted armed robbery in the Westwood Lane, Paget area around 11.30pm Monday, March 19 to contact the Serious Crime Unit on 247-1739 or the confidential and independent Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477."

Gun was used in home invasion: Police canvas the area of Trinity Church Road, Hamilton Parish, yesterday following an armed robbery on Monday night.

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Published March 21, 2012 at 9:00 am (Updated March 21, 2012 at 9:51 am)

Two men arrested over armed robbery

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