Police are investigating a series of robberies that occurred on Monday.
The incidents occurred the same day authorities sought to quash concerns that a spate of similar crimes in recent weeks is an indication of an uptick in armed robberies.
According to police, shortly before 11 a.m., an armed man entered a gaming establishment on Wulff Road near Hepburn Alley, held an employee at bay and robbed the establishment of an undetermined amount of cash, along with the employee’s cell phone, before escaping.
Shortly after 11 p.m., police said, a woman had just arrived at her Wind Street, Sea Breeze Estates residence, when she was approached by four men armed with guns.
Police said the men robbed her of cash and other items before getting into the vehicle with her and driving around for a while.
The men got out of the vehicle on Breadfruit Street, Pinewood Gardens, and the woman was not injured, police said.
Police also reported that shortly after 11 p.m. a man was standing in front of his Breadfruit Street residence, when two armed men emerged from a dark colored vehicle and robbed him of cash and his grey Nissan Note, license #AR9337, before speeding away.
Police did not indicate if the incidents are connected and called on the public for any information on that matters.
Addressing the media at Police Headquarters on Monday, Assistant Commissioner of Police Clayton Fernander said while police have observed incidents of businesses being robbed and people being held at gunpoint when arriving at their homes, these were not “big trends” and police have had success this year in suppressing crime.
He said with a quarter of the year remaining, authorities intend to continue that effort by increasing its presence throughout New Providence, in addition to launching key operations and new strategies that will be elaborated on at a future date.
Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said in August that armed robberies, rapes and murders, among other key crime indicators, were trending downward, though he did not provide statistics for the year.
Armed robberies fell by 27 percent in 2017 year-on-year; from 783 cases in 2016 to 575 in 2017, according to police.
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