Criminal detectives in Grand Bahama are actively investigating several armed robberies, one robbery with violence and an attempted armed robbery that reportedly occurred within a five-hour time span on Saturday.
The first reportedly occurred late that afternoon at a residence in Eight Mile Rock, around 6:45, when a 14-year-old boy was beaten about the body.
Police say he was robbed of $190.00 by two men, who are known to him, in the Bartlett Hill area.
Uniform and plain-clothed officers responded to the scene and arrested a 23-year-old male of Cemetery Road, Eight Mile Rock, who is said to be assisting police with their investigation.
Four hours later, police learned of an incident in which three masked men robbed two males of $500 cash at a residence in Hanna Hill, Eight Mile Rock.
The incident reportedly occurred around 10:30 p.m. as the 24-year-old male was arriving at home.
He was approached by three males, who were all reportedly wearing masks. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun and the other with a hammer.
The culprits reportedly beat the male about the body and robbed him of $300 cash.
A short time later, the victim's 26-year-old brother arrived home when he was robbed of $200.
One of the culprits fired a shot into the front door of the home before they all made good their escape on foot.
Fifteen minutes later, police learned of an incident where a lone gunman attempted to rob a business establishment on Adventures Way and The Mall Drive.
According to police, they received information around 10:45 p.m. that a man, armed with a handgun and described as wearing long tan pants, long black shirt with black tennis and a green shirt covering his face, entered the business establishment, held up the security officer and demanded cash.
While attempting to enter into an office, the culprit fell on the floor, then got up and made good his escape without any cash.
One hour later, police received a report of another business on being held up.
Police information is that around 11:55 p.m. two men entered an establishment on Settler's Way and made away with $400 in cash.
The man who demanded cash was described as having dreadlocks with a shirt tied around his face and armed with a handgun.
Police are aggressively investigating the matters are appealing to any member of the public who may have information that can assist police in locating the suspects to contact the police at 350-3106,7 or 8, 911, 919 or call the nearest police station.
Kathleen McGuire, posted on: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 10:23 PM
I love Freeport and the Bahamas. I own a condo in Freeport at Harbour House Towers and just watch myself when we go out. I do not wear flashy jewelry anymore or do I look like a tourist. This is a differnt world and there is crime even in Connecticut where I am from. You just have to look around and watch your surroundings and as they say watch your back.
Freeport is so beautiful and I fell in love with it the 1st time I arrived. The bahamian people are great mon.
shirley posted on: Friday, August 30, 2013 2:54 PM
Sorry to hear that you will no longer recommend Grand Bahama to your friends. Grand Bahama is a nice place no different from other places. There's crime every where. It's just that you are hearing about our crime and not other places. Maybe your country has crime that you don't hear about so you think its a great place to live. If our news did't report those crime you would say it's a great place too.Hope you would reconsider and I am so sorry that you are frightened.
posted on: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 9:57 PM
We need to put up camerAs all over the place
posted on: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 9:59 AM
snowbird while its disappointing that these events happened has it occured to you that no matter where you go in life such incidents do happen? an knowing that you now choose to make the bahamas out as being siginificantly unsafe? its not any more so than most countries!
posted on: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 12:28 PM
Unfortunately, these incidents did occur. However, based on the story I've read, and being a resident of Grand Bahama, these incidents appear to be isolated in the west district. More than likely, those persons committing the crime were known to their victims. Also from what I have read, the police has someone in custody and continuing their investigations in finding the others. I don't believe this is cause for great alarm as these incidents are not frequent. I live in the Freeport, Lucaya area and I am at peace.
posted on: Monday, August 19, 2013 10:50 PM
For 35 years I have been a Snowbird living in my condo on Grand Bahama from Oct. to April. I have never been so frightened as I am now, after reading the above article. We snowbirds each leave thousands of dollars on your island every winter. Personally, I have encouraged three friends to buy homes on the island. Among them, they have bought 3 condominiums & a home on a canal which cost more than a million . I will no longer recommend Grand Bahama to my friends.