There is an unconfirmed suspicion that armed police may have been deliberately diverted from RiteWay food market in Road Town moments before it was robbed two Saturdays ago.
According to Police Commissioner Michael Matthews, his officers were at the location 10 minutes prior to the incident.
“They spoke to security, they checked if everything was ok and then, it is true, we had a call to the West End [area] which one of our armed response teams started to head for,” Matthews said while speaking on the Honestly Speaking radio programme on Tuesday.
“We think it may have been a false call because there was no evidence of an incident,” added Matthews who said police don’t know for sure if the false call and the robbery are related.
He noted that it is not uncommon for his department to receive false-alarm calls in relation to what residents sometimes perceive to be the ‘sound of gunshots’.
“But, what people believe are gunshots are not [always] actual gunshots,” he said.
Gunmen scoping cops
As for his belief in relation to the circumstances of the RiteWay robbery, the top cop said: “I suspect those criminals were watching the officers when they visited that supermarket 10 minutes before and waited till they saw the vehicle leave and then decided to commit their crime.”
He added: “Most criminals always end up getting caught.”
No arrests have been made in relation to the December 29, 2018 incident, so far.
The masked gunmen involved in the incident reportedly gained access to the Fleming Street-based establishment by using a rifle to shoot through the glass entrance door of the food store. Staff members had locked themselves inside, at the time.
The assailants then took an unspecified amount of cash from the establishment. But, before the making their escape, the gunmen reportedly discharged a number of shots inside the store; leaving behind several spent shells.
No one was reported injured. Investigations are ongoing.
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