|Police briefs: Do It Centre robber gets 12 years|
|Thursday, 14 July 2011 09:24|
The surviving robber of the Do It Centre holdup in November pleaded guilty July 12 and was sentenced to 12 years in prison, police said.
Frantz Bellevue, a Haitian national, is recommended to be deported upon completion of his sentence in Her Majesty’s Prison on Grand Turk.
Bellevue was one of two masked gunmen who approached a security guard who was transporting cash outside the Leeward Highway business on Nov. 19.
The robbers stole the cash and the vehicle that the guard was traveling in and fled the scene. Shots were fired and the two robbers were wounded.
Bellevue survived, but the other robber died.
Man charged with raping elderly woman in her home
Police say they have charged a male subject with aggravated burglary and rape of an elderly woman in her home on Providenciales.
The incident was reported June 20. The suspect is scheduled to appear in Providenciales Magistrate’s Court on July 14 to answer to the charges.
Immigration office killed in traffic accident June 9
An immigration officer became the country’s third traffic fatality of 2011, succumbing to injuries in a traffic accident June 9.
Romelle Major was a passenger in a vehicle which lost control and struck an advertisement pole in the vicinity of D and G Tires on Leeward Highway, police said.
The driver of the vehicle and one other passenger received non-life threatening injuries. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Police caution lawyers, businesses on fraud scam
Police are warning local businesses and lawyers that con artists are trying to use forged cheques to rip off hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“Fraudsters are soliciting the services of attorneys in an effort to recover alleged outstanding funds from locally based companies in the Turks and Caicos Islands for goods obtained on credit,” police said.
The con artists tell lawyers that a client agrees to settle out of court and send forged cheques, asking the lawyers to deduct their fees before forwarding the balance to the con artists.
“The cheque(s) are normally hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the fraudsters would sometime request a percentage of the total cheque(s) prior to the forged cheque(s) been cleared,” police said.
Businesses and lawyers are asked to report any similar suspected scams to police at 941-3327, the Financial Crime Unit at 941-4450, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 or 911.
Police to crack down on noise complaints, licenses
The noise complaints have continued, and police say they will be taking more assertive actions.
Police have contacted local sponsors of events to request their adherence to the rules set out in licenses and park regulations.
The Licensing Department has agreed to consult with police in advance of issuing extended licenses.
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