The St. Kitts-Nevis Observer
No. 837 • November 12, 2010
 
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Busload of Tourists Robbed at Gunpoint
By Teshell Samuel

 

 
November 14 -- Police are currently investigating the armed robbery of a tour bus transporting cruise passengers on St. Kitts.

According to a Police press release, at approximately 11:15 a.m. this morning, Sunday 14th November, police received a report of a robbery in the Sandy Point area. Officers from the Sandy Point Police Station, the District B Crime Response Unit (CRU) and a number of other officers from the Anti-Gang Unit and the Special Services Unit responded immediately and their investigations revealed that a local tour bus of cruise passengers had been robbed at gunpoint along the island’s main road as the bus made its way to Brimestone Hill.

Caribbean Journey Masters Tour bus, the vehicle involved in the robbery, was being driven by owner Urban Herbert at the time of the incident. Information received by The Observer revealed that while Herbert was making his way towards the historic site, he noticed rocks and branches strewn across the path. He exited the bus to investigate, when a rock struck the windshield of the bus. Two armed, masked men then rushed from the bushes and got onto the bus.

Investigations made by police at the scene revealed that seventeen (17) passengers including an infant were aboard the bus at the time of the robbery, however no one was physically harmed and all passengers were safely returned to their ship. Police Officers recorded a number of detailed statements and the scene was processed by officers from the crime scene department the release said.

Taken during the incident was an undisclosed sum of money, a number of cell phones, jewelry and other personal items.

At present there are no suspects in police custody in relation to this matter, however investigations are ongoing.

According to Police PRO Vaughn Henderson “this tour bus robbery is an unprecedented incident in St. Kitts, where visitor safety is of the highest priority. Last year, over five hundred thousand cruise passengers safely disembarked in St. Kitts to enjoy the many attractions of our island. We deeply regret any type of incident that might tarnish our visitors’ experience. As law enforcement authorities, we are committed to root out and expose the persons responsible.”

 
 
 
 
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