ABOVE: (WARNING: SOME BAD LANGUAGE) Locals and passersby discuss arrangements to turn the gun allegedly used in the foiled robbery attempt on a bus passenger in the Balfour Avenue and Minnie Street area over to police.
AN ATTEMPT by an armed man to rob a fellow passenger on a public service bus in the area of Balfour Avenue and Minnie Street late on Friday afternoon was foiled after a struggle and the gun turned over to police. It was one of 11 armed robberies in New Providence reported by police over a 36-hour period from Friday evening to Sunday morning.
Shortly after 5pm on Friday, a man was riding on a public service bus in the area of Balfour Avenue and Minnie Street, when a male passenger armed with a handgun attempted to rob him. A struggle ensued that led to the suspect dropping the handgun before fleeing on foot and the firearm turned over to police.
Shortly before 8pm, three women were standing in front of a home at Dignity Gardens when a man with a handgun approached and robbed them of two cell phones and cash before fleeing on foot.
A few minutes later a woman was standing in front of her home on McKinney Drive when a man with a handgun approached and robbed her of her handbag containing cash before fleeing on foot.
Shortly after 9pm a man in front of a home at Winders Terrace was approached by a man with a handgun who robbed him of his cell phone before fleeing on foot.
An hour and a half later, a man was in front of his residence in Pinewood Gardens when a man with a handgun approached and robbed him off his silver 2008 Honda vehicle - license number 311085 - before speeding off.
Also around 10.30pm, a man and a woman were walking on West Bay Street when two men with handguns approached and robbed them of a handbag, a watch and cash before fleeing on foot.
Shortly after midnight, two men in red Ford Ranger truck with a handgun robbed a man outside his home at Coral Vista of his 2006 R-6 Yamaha motorcycle before speeding off.
Around 8am on Saturday, a man with a handgun robbed a service station on the corner of East Street and Balfour Avenue of an undetermined amount of cash before fleeing in a silver Honda Civic.
On Saturday night, shortly after 11, two females in a group attending a party at a home on Soldier Road were robbed of their handbags by a man with a handgun. He fled on foot.
Minutes later, two men were standing near a vehicle parked on East Bay Street, when two men with handguns approached and robbed them of cash, a chain, a watch and two cell phones before fleeing on foot.
Shortly after 6.30am on Sunday, a woman was walking north on Baillou Hill Road when a man with a handgun approached and robbed her of cash before fleeing on foot.
Police arrested 40 people for a number of serious offences following several island-wide anti-crime operations conducted on Thursday and Friday by officers from the Selective Enforcement Team, Central Detective Unit, Drug Enforcement Unit and several policing divisions.
The offences included murder, armed robbery, firearm possession, dangerous drugs, stolen vehicles and house breaking. Additionally two stolen vehicles along with a firearm and a quantity of dangerous drugs were seized.