Police arrested two teenagers, aged 18 and 19, following reports of four vehicles being broken into in downtown George Town during the Pirates Week festivities over the weekend.
Three of the break-ins occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning, Nov. 11, and the fourth was reported early Monday, Nov. 12. They happened on North Church Street, Dr. Roy’s Drive and Main Street, with two purses, a wallet, tools and quantities of cash reported missing. In two of the incidents, the passenger-side window had been smashed.
The arrests were made shortly after 2 a.m. Monday morning after patrolling officers in central George Town came upon two men acting suspiciously in a white car at the rear of Bayshore Mall.
According to a police press release, the officers checked the vehicle and the men, and subsequently arrested the pair “on suspicion of going equipped for stealing, theft, and possession and consumption of ganja.”
The two teens, one from Bodden Town and the other from West Bay, remained in police custody Tuesday.
Police said they recovered “a substantial amount of property” from the vehicle.
“Several police officers were on patrol in central George Town late into the evenings over the weekend to increase the safety of the festivities for all, but also to discourage this kind of opportunistic crime that can happen around large events,” Robert Graham, superintendent of Uniform Operations, said in the press release.
“Arrests like these deter and prevent such crime, and we are glad to note that the festivities were fun and peaceful despite large crowds,” he added. “However, we continue to ask the public to avoid leaving any valuables in vehicles, especially when attending events at night.”