Crime Round-Up: Mayaro Home Invasion, Guns, Ammo Seized, 9 Held

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By Sue-Ann Wayow

NINE persons including two teenagers were arrested and four firearms and ammunition seized over the weekend by police.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) conducted several anti-crime exercises in the nine police divisions.

In a release on Sunday, the TTPS stated that in the first exercise, a 37-year-old man was arrested and an AR-15 Rifle and eight rounds of 9mm ammunition were seized by officers of the Western Division Task Force on Saturday at Simeon Road.

Also, officers of the Port of Spain Task Force based on intelligence information found and seized one black plastic bag containing 19 rounds of 5.56mm of ammunition, ten rounds of 9mm ammunition, five rounds of 12-gauge ammunition and one round of. 45mm ammunition.

83-year-old robbed in Mayaro 

Another home invasion in Mayaro resulted in the arrest an 18-year-old man.

Officers of the Mayaro Criminal Investigations Department and the Mayaro Task Force responded to a burglary at the home of an 83-year-old pensioner. 

Reports indicated that she secured her home and retired to bed but was awoken at around 2.30 am on Sunday to noise inside her home.

She contacted the officers of the Mayaro Police Station who quickly responded. Upon their arrival at the home, they found the suspect hiding under a bed in the victim’s home. 

He was subsequently arrested and it was later determined that the perpetrator is also wanted on outstanding warrants and on other outstanding enquiries. 

PC Wong is continuing enquiries. 

Robbery in Valencia, businesswoman and staff beaten 

In Valencia, officers of the Eastern Division – Valencia Post responded to reports that a proprietor of a business place in Valencia and her staff were preparing food, when three masked men entered the premises, two of the men carrying firearms. 

The proprietor and her staff were beaten about the body and relieved of cash, jewellery and mobile phones. The assailants then escaped in a black Nissan Almera vehicle. 

After receiving the report, WPC William-James and PC Benoit arrived shortly at the scene and information was then immediately relayed via an all-Points Bulletin. 

PC Pierre, PC Johnson and PC Morgan while on patrol immediately responded and intercepted the vehicle driven by an 18-year- old with a 21-year-old in the front passenger seat. 

A search was conducted of the vehicle in the presence of the two men and the items matching the description of the stolen items were found and seized and both men were arrested.

Additional investigations were conducted and a third person, a 23-year-old Valencia man was arrested with a bag, the bag was searched and inside the bag was the clothing resembling those worn by the suspects, as well as  other stolen items. The 23- year-old was also arrested. 

In the Southern Division, several persons were arrested during an anti-crime Firearm Interdiction exercise.

The exercise was carried between the hours of 11 am and 5 pm on Saturday and coordinated by Snr Supt Smith, Asp Jaikaran, Insp Phillip, Sgt Joseph, Sgt Mason and directly supervised by Ag Cpl Phoolchan, Ag Cpl Legendre. 

Terrance Lee, 22, and Tyron Lee, 21, both of Farmers Trace New Grant and Aaron Grappie, 42, of Lodge Road Claxton Bay were jointly charged for the offences of possession of cocaine for the purpose of Trafficking and Possession of Ammunition. Grappie was also charged for offering a bribe.

And Lester Joachim , 30, of Sister’s Road, New Grant was charged for the offence of Possession of Cocaine.


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