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Spate of Robberies in the South — VF Store Owners Fed Up!

By Kingsley Emmanuel
Image of the Quality Tobacco Store

Thieves are on a rampage in Vieux Fort committing their illegal acts at will. That according to store owners of the southern community, who are at wits end with the increase in robberies in the area.

In less than two months, there has been a string of robberies and break-ins in Vieux Fort which has left business operators worried.

Image of the Quality Tobacco Store
The Quality Tobacco Store was the latest target of a robbery spree in Vieux Fort.

The latest robberies happened over the weekend. The first incident is suspected to have occurred sometime in the wee hours of Monday at a store located on Clarke Street which was broken into and a variety of items stolen. Among the items stolen were cigarettes, tobacco, a television set and perfumes. The thieves made their way into the building by cutting the burglar bars on the side of the building, and forcing a window open.

The discovery was made by the store clerk, when she reported for work.

The store, Quality Tobacco Store, is located less than 50 metres from where a grocery store was robbed less than two weeks ago, and where young men usually hang-out regularly.

Over the years, the building which has housed several other businesses has been broken into many times.

In the other incident, which occurred during the same weekend, a lady’s home was invaded by thieves, and a number of household items stolen including cash.

The other business houses which were broken into recently included a restaurant, a shoe store and a grocery shop.

Residents believe the criminal activities carried out in the community recently were committed by members of a gang, who have been visible in the town recently.

So far, no one has been arrested in connection with any of the two recent incidents.

Henry Philbert, a business operator whose business was broken into a few years ago, told The VOICE the crime spree in Vieux Fort has left him very worried.

“The young men in Vieux Fort who are committing the crimes just do not want to work,” Philbert, whose business is, located a few metres from Quality Tobacco Store told this reporter.

Efforts to obtain comments from the Vieux Fort police on the recent incidents were futile.

3 Comments

  1. The only job you can get in Vieux fort is working as a security guard for more than 12 hours a day for about 900 hundred dollars a month is that attractive to young people who have graduated from secondary school to much exploitation going on so the young people get frustrated

  2. The only job you can get in vieux fort is working as a security guard for less than 10 hundred dollars a month working for over 12 hours a day is that attractive to young people who graduate from secondary school or sorting beer bottle at the brewery for 7:50 per pallet there is to much exploitation going on

  3. Kenny could not stop crime and you could. Kenny could not stop crime and Flambesu could so get cracking. Now whilst you’re at it sign that document to reduce gas prices.

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