By NICO SCAVELLA
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE are searching for the suspects responsible for eight armed robberies that took place in six hours between Wednesday and Thursday in New Providence.
Chief Superintendent Paul Rolle, officer-in-charge of the Central Detective Unit, told The Tribune that police suspect most of the armed robberies were likely committed by the same group of individuals.
The first incident took place shortly before 10pm on Wednesday.
According to reports, a man had just pulled up to his home on Silver Palm Boulevard, when two men armed with handguns approached and robbed him of his white coloured 2008 Suzuki Swift vehicle before speeding off.
In the second incident, about an hour later, a man was in the parking lot of a business at Baillou Hill and Carmichael Roads, when two men, armed with handguns, approached.
They robbed him of two cell phones, cash, and his silver 2006 Honda Accord before speeding off.
In the third incident, shortly after midnight Thursday morning a man was sitting in his white 2002 Honda Accord, vehicle license plate number 277040, in front of a business on Charles Saunders Highway, when a man armed with a handgun approached and robbed him of his vehicle before speeding off.
Then, shortly before 1am yesterday, a man was parked on Soldier Road in his silver Honda, vehicle license number 304552, when a man armed with a handgun approached and robbed him of his vehicle before speeding off.
Police said shortly before 2am, a man was visiting a female friend at her home located at Frank Edgecombe Way, when two men armed with handguns pulled up in a Honda and robbed him of his white 2007 Honda Accord before speeding off.
Minutes later, two men broke into a home located at Lakeview Road, where they robbed a man of cash and his 2008 white Nissan Cube vehicle.
In the seventh incident, nearly an hour later, a woman was driving on Cowpen Road near Spikenard Road, when three men in a white sports utility vehicle armed with a firearm forced her off the road.
The men robbed her of her handbag containing a cell phone and personal effects, police said.
In the final incident, shortly after 4am, a man and woman were driving in a rental car on Peardale Road, when two men armed with handguns robbed them of a cell phone and their vehicle.
When contacted yesterday, Chief Supt Rolle said police were still investigating the crimes, but said police suspect some of the incidents to be related.
“They are related in the sense that we believe that the same group of persons were responsible for a number of them,” he told The Tribune. “Some of them, not all.”
Meanwhile, two males, ages 26 and 22, were taken into custody on Wednesday after being caught in the act of stealing parts from a vehicle on St Vincent Avenue.
The suspects are now being questioned in connection with several other complaints in the area, police said.