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MP condemns Maximart armed robbery

Armed robbers disguised with helmets and wielding what appeared to be a firearm stole cash from the Maximart in Sandys late on Saturday, shortly before the establishment closed at midnight.

Details on their appearances were scant: one member of staff described the gunman as dressed in black, with gloves, his face hidden behind a tinted visor. The two demanded money and left the scene with the cash.

No one was harmed during the raid, which was carried out swiftly, with the men apparently departing on a motorcycle, the member of staff said.

The robbery at the White Hill supermarket, where business carried on as usual yesterday, was the second armed robbery in consecutive days over the weekend. Two men carrying a gun, also covered up and wearing gloves and helmets, stole cash from the MoneyShop on Middle Road, Warwick, at about 4.20pm on Friday. Jamahl Simmons, the Progressive Labour Party MP for Sandys South, said the news had shocked and disturbed the Sandys community. “We condemn this crime and are grateful that no one was hurt,” Mr Simmons said, urging the public to assist the police and “send a clear message that there is no place for attacks on individuals or businesses in our community”.

Walter Roban, the Shadow Minister for Public Safety, said the incident stood as a sad reminder of the ease with which gun violence could break the peace.

“Since this is an area with heavy people traffic and activity, we do hope the investment by the Government in CCTV technology will benefit the investigation as it has done in the past,” Mr Roban added.

Police are urging anyone who saw two men acting suspiciously in the area or anyone who may have any information on the incident to call 295-0011 or the confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.