|Housebreaking ring cracked|
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Feb 23, 2013
Thirty-five men were arrested yesterday as a result of a major police operation which led to the recovery of tens of thousands of dollars worth of electronics, according to police.
The arrests came after police cracked a house-breaking ring in the southeastern division of New Providence, according to Superintendent Clayton Fernander, who is the officer in charge of that division.
“All of them are prolific offenders for house break-ins, stealing and even armed robberies,” said Fernander at a press conference at the Central Detective Unit (CDU) yesterday morning.
“They are young adult males who were unemployed and just hanging out. They are known to the police.”
Police recovered 10 laptops, 10 flat screen televisions, an assortment of digital cameras, cell phones, flash drives, mobile phone and laptop chargers, PlayStations, external hard drives and an Epson projector.
The goods were confiscated from five homes, police said.
Fernander said police are trying to recover more stolen property and are also looking for more suspects.
Police said they executed a search warrant on two homes in Nassau Village where most of the goods were found on Thursday.
As a result of those seizures, police arrested two men, ages 31 and 38, both of Nassau Village.
Fernander said additional search warrants were executed on three more homes, which led to the discovery of the rest of the electronics and arrests of three more men.
Police arrested an additional 21 men yesterday morning and several others Thursday night.
Fernander said the suspects are all associates of the men who were initially taken into custody.
“So you can see a network that is going on, but we are going full force to bring some closure and identify those individuals who continue to wreak havoc in the communities with respect to house break-ins and stealing from vehicles,” he said.
Most of the house break-ins took place during the morning and midday hours when most people were at work, Fernander said.
As it relates to the car break-ins, he said most of those incidents took place at night or during special events.
He encouraged people not to leave valuables in their cars.
As the investigation continues, Fernander said people whose electronics were stolen may come into the East Street South Police Station to find out if any of their stolen items were recovered.
As it relates to the 35 suspects, Fernander said they could be charged as early as Monday.