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FBI in Nevis Investigating Robbery of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer
By L.K. Hewlett
 
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer (Photo: Politico)
 
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Feb. 11 -- An agent with U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is presently in Nevis in relation to the armed robbery of a Justice on the United States' highest court.

Police confirmed that on Thursday (Feb. 9) night sometime after 10:00, a masked intruder wielding a machete robbed Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer at his Golden Rock vacation home.

According to information reaching this media house, the robber stole a total of about US$1200 and fled the scene without further confrontation.

Breyer, The Observer was told, is a regular vacationer to the island and was traveling with his wife and several friends on this sojourn.

The Observer understands that the U.S. Federal Agent arrived in Nevis on Friday (Feb. 10), however it was not confirmed if he is observing the local law enforcement’s handling of the case or working in conjunction with Nevis police.

Information reaching this publication is that Nevis police had been notified of the Judge’s presence on the island, as was the custom, however it is unclear if any police officers were assigned as a shadow detail.

The Observer spoke with Assistant Commissioner of Police Robert Liburd who said police are “vigorously” investigating the matter. He informed that no suspects were in custody as of Saturday morning (Feb. 11).

Another foreign national was also the victim of a robbery that same night. An elderly ex-patriot who resides in Morning Star, Gingerland, was beset by three armed masked men and robbed of money and personal items around 9:30 pm, police inform. The homeowner was not injured during the incident.

Police are also investigating a break-in at the Nevis High Court Building on Prince William Street in Charlestown, which occurred between Thursday night and early Friday morning. Reports are that several items, including computer equipment, were stolen.

The Observer was informed that the stolen computer equipment did not contain saved information from the recently concluded high profile Election Petition trial. Friday was the deadline date set by Justice Lionel Jones for the legal teams of the petitioner and the respondents to turn in written submissions before he hands down a decision.

ACP Liburd assured that police were working around the clock to bring these latest and other crimes to swift resolution. He appealed to the general public to come forward with any relevant information or to contact police anonymously via telephone.

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