CAPTAIN HARRIS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY…Police Recover Huge Amount of Stolen Items

A smiling Captain Harris as he was accompanied by a police escort for his first court appearance before a city Magistrate on Tuesday

A smiling Captain Harris as he was accompanied by a police escort for his first court appearance before a city Magistrate on Tuesday

Police investigators believe that they have cracked a major ring that was engaged in several house breaking and robberies on the island in recent weeks.

Members of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) have recovered a number of items including refrigerators, stoves and electronic gadgets in a weekend operation that netted three suspects.

Among the persons who were arrested and charged by the lawmen is well known St. George’s businessman Matthew Harris who is better known by the name, “Captain Harris”.

He appeared in court on Monday before Magistrate Tahira Gellineau-Charles to face a charge related to the offense of receiving stolen goods valued at over EC$30, 000.00.

The suspect has reportedly retained the services of the Law Office of George E.D Clyne, headed by Queens Counsel Celia Clyne-Edwards to represent him in the case.

A well-placed source told THE NEW TODAY that the lawmen recovered a number of the stolen items at a property controlled by Captain Harris up in the Jean Anglais/Golf Course area.

Two other suspects – Enroy Williams, 28 years old Trafficker of Mont Toute and Anderson Clement, 27 years old, Fisherman of Green Street were also charged for the offenses of housebreaking and stealing articles valued at over $40, 000.00.

Additional charges of stealing, and, housebreaking were also laid against Williams.

The two suspects were expected to formally appear before the Magistrate on Wednesday but they did not show up.

A large press corp was assembled outside the court awaiting the arrival of the suspects when news surfaced that the lawmen had delayed their appearances.

There are unconfirmed reports that one of the suspects was recently released from the Richmond Hill prison.

This newspaper spoke to one of the victims of the string of robberies conducted by the suspects.

He said that one of the arrested men broke into his home while he was asleep on a bed by forcing open a window and took away electronic items, which the police later recovered and showed to him for positive identification.

The victim might be called by the Police Prosecution to give evidence in the case.

The arrest of the three men came following a string of housebreaking and stealing offenses committed in the Central policing district.

Police investigations are still continuing, as more charges are likely to stem from the recent discoveries.

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