Police in eastern New Providence have cracked a stealing ring that reportedly targeted victims throughout the capital and on Monday arrested two men and a woman believed to be the masterminds.
On Tuesday, officers from the Elizabeth Estates Police Station displayed for the media thousands of dollars worth of electronic items, clothing, tools, jewelry and more than 20 ladies’ handbags containing a quantity of personal items.
Officer-in-Charge of the Eastern Division Superintendent Elaine Sands told reporters yesterday that it was just after 5:00 p.m. Monday when officers conducting investigations came across a stolen white Honda Odyssey in a motel in central New Providence.
Police said the suspects operated the ring throughout the capital over the past few months but used the rented motel room as their base.
“As a result of searching the vehicle a number of items were found,” she said. “Also, after searching the residences of these individual items were found are believed to be stolen.”
“All of these items, including 24 purses, are believed to have been stolen during car break-ins. We believe a number of these vehicles were parked at beaches and along the water front and these individuals were targeting these victims.”
Police said also found among the suspected stolen goods were a makeup kit, a baby’s diaper bag with disposable diapers and men’s and ladies’ clothing.
Supt. Sands said not much cash was found but a quantity of Canadian currency and bathing suits were also recovered. Police, however, could not say if tourists were victims of this stealing ring.
The two men and one woman now in custody range in age from 18 to 26 but police believe their accomplices are still on the loose.
“Another vehicle was involved,” she added. “The officers were in a chase and the car crashed, but the occupants fled.
“That particular vehicle is stolen as well and is now at the Fox Hill Police Station. These suspects are believed to be a part of the same operation.”
That second vehicle is a gray Honda Saber.
Police officers could not give a dollar value on the items they have recovered but did note that so far they have solved a few of the cases because some of the rightful owners have identified them.
But Assistant Superintendent Cleophas Cooper sent out an appeal to other members of the public whose vehicles were broken into or who may have been held up and robbed to visit the Elizabeth Estates Police Station to identify the items.