Persons in police custody as a result of the Bank of Nova Scotia heist

By: Gavincia Clarke

(CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS)- Three days after the daylight robbery of one of Nevis’ banking institutions, persons on Nevis are still traumatized and shocked from what transpired at about 11:00 a.m. on the morning of Monday, June 23, 2014.

On Monday, June 23, 2014 the capital of Nevis, Charlestown, was a hive of activity when four masked gunmen robbed the Bank of Nova Scotia and escaped with an undisclosed sum of money.

It was reported, that the gunmen entered the establishment and demanded money from the bank tellers. The fifth assailant waited outside in the getaway vehicle.

The vehicle which is said to be a black Kia Jeep was alleged to have been stolen and was later recovered by authorities and remains in police custody as a part of the investigation.

This media house has learnt that three persons, who are suspected of committing the crime, are currently in police custody.

The bank re-opened to the general public on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. However, it is understood that some workers were still too traumatized to return to work.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Premier of Nevis, Hon. Vance Amory issued a statement on behalf of the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), expressing his administration’s concern of the occurrence of crimes involving guns and crime.

Premier Amory met with Assistant Commissioner of Police, Robert Liburd, and Superintendent Hilroy Brandy, for a briefing of the incident and according to the press release, the police have begun a serious all out effort to capture and bring to justice the perpetrators of this criminal act.

The release further stated that the police will divulge the relevant information when the time is right, but it is necessary to note that the Premier and the Police have met and have discussed this most recent traumatic situation among others and have devised some strategies, to deal with the prevention of any further similar event.

“Let us remember, crime and criminality do not know colours or affiliation and it therefore affects all of us when a crime is committed and it tarnishes the good name of our country as well”, the communique stated.

It is the wish of the Premier and the Police that anyone having information should call the Crime stoppers hot line at 1800 8477 (TIPS).

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