Gunmen Steal $100,000 from King’s Park Home
Sunday, July 31, 2016, 20:22
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
There is real concern that criminals have begun to actively target homes in certain “affluent” neighborhoods following a brazen home invasion on Monday. It happened at around 2:30pm at the home of 75 year old Maria Sylvestre located at the corner of ‘A’ Street and Princess Margaret Drive. Two men, one dark-skinned and the other Hispanic, allegedly walked right into the house and straight up to Sylvestre, her daughter and son-in-law. At gunpoint the trio was ordered to lie on the floor where they were robbed of their personal belongings.
The two men seemed to know exactly what they wanted from the home, ordering Sylvestre to take them to the safe and open it. From that safe they nabbed $50,000 in assorted jewelry, US$20,000 cash and other small electrical items including two Ipads. Satisfied with the heist which amounted to almost $100,000, the men then ran out of the home and down Princess Margaret Drive.
So why were the robbers able to gain such easy access to the home? The investigation showed that some construction work was being done, so one of the doors was open. Still, Police think the timing isn’t exactly coincidental. According to the Head of the Criminal Investigations Branch, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Alejandro Cowo, “the investigation is showing that yes they had some knowledge of what was in the house. Hence the reason that we have brought in several persons who were at the house and we are interviewing them at this moment”.
While the persons inside the home were unhurt, there is real concern from the community that they could be the next targets of the brazen robbers or others following their example. The Police are aware of the concerns and in response newly appointed Officer Commanding Precinct 3, Supt. Hilberto Romero explained that “as it relates to other residences in the area, we will re-strategize our patrols in that general area and certainly the Police presence will be beefed up in that area to prevent any reoccurrence".
Police have recovered one phone in the area of the Marion Jones Complex and are conducting searches in an attempt to close the case.
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