By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE arrested five persons on Sunday, including two teenage boys, who they suspect to be “masterminds” of a car theft ring in New Providence.
According to police, around 9am Southwestern Division officers, acting on intelligence, went to an area off Gladstone Road where they recovered a 2000 Honda Accord and a 2010 Kia Sportage that were stolen during two recent armed robberies.
They found the male suspects, a 25 year old of Fire Trail Road, a 24 year old of Jubilee Gardens, a 22 year old of Jubilee Gardens, an 18 year old of Tall Pines Estates and a 17 year old of Elizabeth Gardens, hiding in an abandoned house.
They were all arrested and taken into custody. Police also recovered a number of stolen vehicle parts allegedly found in the possession of the suspects.
Police said the Kia Sportage was stolen from a Gladstone Road resident on Friday. A man armed with a handgun stole the victim’s car and then sped off.
• In other crime news, police are asking for the public’s help in solving three armed robberies that occurred Sunday night and early Monday morning.
In the first incident, shortly before 9pm Sunday police said a man was walking on Wulff Road, when another man armed with handgun robbed him of a cell phone and cash before fleeing on foot.
Police also said that a woman was robbed shortly before 9pm on Sunday while standing in front of her home located at Bougainvillea Avenue. Police were told that a man armed with a handgun robbed her of her handbag containing personal items before fleeing in a white Toyota vehicle.
The third armed robbery occurred shortly before 3am on Monday. Police said a man was standing in front of a business on Carmichael Road, when two men armed with handguns robbed him of a small amount of cash before fleeing on foot.
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact police at 911 or 919, the Central Detective Unit at 501-9991 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328-TIPS.