Police investigate string of burglaries
Police are investigating a spree of burglaries targeting a range of businesses over a two-month period
Eleven burglaries and two attempted burglaries targeted service stations, grocery stores, and jewellery and electronic outlets.
Many of the outlets were broken into between 3am and 5.30am. Criminals stole electronic devices, including Apple products and JBL earbuds, as well as jewellery, cigarettes, and cash.
Police said the incidents were often carried out by groups of two or three people, ranging between 5ft 8in and 6ft tall, all wearing dark clothing and dark-coloured helmets with visors, and riding dark-coloured motorcycles.
CCTV showed them using tools to break glass to get into the premises.
The burglars targeted the following locations:
• P-Tech on Reid Street, Hamilton, on April 12
• Rubis Terceira’s on North Shore Road, Smith’s, on April 22
• Crawl Hill Esso Tiger Market in Hamilton Parish on April 23
• Collector’s Hill Esso Tiger Market in Devonshire on April 25
• Sunglass & Watch Shop on Reid Street, Hamilton, on April 26
• RUBiS Causeway near Blue Hole Hill in Hamilton Parish on April 26
• Warwick Esso Tiger Market on Middle Road, Warwick, on April 27
• Audio Visual Ltd on Mangrove Bay Road, Sandys, on May 10
• An attempted burglary at Red Laser Electronics on Bakery Lane, Pembroke, on May 14
• Empire Grocery on North Shore Road, Devonshire, on May 14
• Art Mel’s Restaurant on St Monica’s Road, Pembroke, on May 14
• An attempted burglary of Astwood Dickinson on Front Street in Hamilton between May 15 and 16
• Rubis Warwick Service Station on South Road, Warwick, on May 16
A police spokesman said: “All lines of inquiry are being followed, including the possibility that these incidents may be linked.
“As these matters are under investigation, we are unable to provide a total value of the stolen goods at this time.”
He added: “The Bermuda Police Service is reminding all businesses and homeowners to ensure their alarm systems and security cameras are in working order and to report suspicious persons or activities in your neighbourhood, service station area, or commercial area by dialling 911 or 211 as soon as possible.
“We also want to remind businesses to not leave large amounts of cash on the property.
“We would also like to remind the public that, it is an offence to receive/handle goods that are suspected to be stolen and if you suspect that you have purchased stolen property, please contact the BPS via the information above.”
Police have asked those with any information on the burglaries to contact the Criminal Investigation Department on 247-1744 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Witnesses can also inform a police officer that they trust or submit and anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 800-8477.
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