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Web shop robberies increase

Web shops are being targeted by criminals with increasing frequency, according to police.

While no specific number was available yesterday, over the past several weeks a growing number of web shops have been held up by gunmen.

Asue Draw on Carmichael Road is the most recent to be robbed.

Police said that around 4 p.m. on Sunday two males-one armed with a handgun and the other a shotgun-approached the security officer, took him into the establishment and forced their way into the cashier’s cage.

The culprits robbed Asue Draw of an undetermined amount of cash and fled the area in a Honda Inspire, police said.

A short time later, police recovered the vehicle on Jerusalem Road, off Carmichael Road.

This latest robbery followed two other web shop robberies in recent days.

According to police, at about 2:30 p.m. Friday Flamingo Web Cafe on Amos Ferguson Street and Poinciana Avenue was robbed of an undetermined amount of cash. One of the store’s customers was also robbed.

According to police, the robbery was committed by two men armed with handguns.

The gunmen reportedly took money from an office in the back before emptying all of the cash registers in the store.

Two people were in the web shop when it was robbed, according to police. They were reportedly ordered to lie on the floor while the crime was being carried out.

The gunmen escaped in a red 1997 Mitsubishi Montero sports utility vehicle, which they stole from a customer outside of the establishment, police said.

Police said the vehicle was recovered a short time later on Cordeaux Avenue and Exuma Street.

At about 5 p.m. on Saturday Island Luck on East Street and Windsor Lane was robbed of an undetermined amount of cash by a man wielding a handgun, according to police.

The man reportedly fled the area on foot in an unknown direction.

Two other web shops were robbed last month.

Police said that on November 21 the Island Game Web Shop on East Street South was robbed by two gunmen.

The men robbed the web shop of an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the area south along East Street, police confirmed.

Later that evening, two men fitting the same description robbed Island Luck Café, Cowpen Road.

The men also escaped the area with cash from the establishment, police said.

Police believe that some of the robberies may be inside jobs.

Superintendent Stephen Dean, who heads the Crime Prevention Office, pointed out that armed robberies tend to increase during the Christmas season.

“Police have put preventative measures and reactive measures in place for a number of them,”Dean said.

“One of the things you would notice now is we have high visibility on our streets. Almost every night you can see a large contingent of police officers particularly doing a stop and search because we know that the criminals travel with contraband in their vehicles-firearms and durgs or they use vehicles to go and commit crime.”

Dean said many businesses are being targeted, particularly those that are moving large sums of money at a particular time.

“We want to use this opportunity to talk to business persons throughout this country. This is the time to invest in security,”he said.

“Invest in protecting your business-that should be the number one priority. Take care of your employees to make sure you they are operating in a safe environment. That’s of paramount importance.”

He said store owners should ensure that they put security measures in place when making deposits.

“Get a security firm to accompany you or call the police in some cases,”Dean said.”We are imploring all of them to get security cameras to do surveillance.”

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