As investigations continue into the spate of smash and grab burglaries, which have impacted a number of businesses across the island, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) wish to remind members of the public, it is a crime to purchase or receive stolen goods.
Should you be approached by individuals offering items for sale, particularly high-end electronic items, you should ask for proof of ownership.
If you suspect the items are stolen, you should contact 211 or the main police number, 295-0011 and provide a description of the person selling the items, as well as the items being offered for sale.
Remember, under the Criminal Code Act 1907, “A person guilty of handling stolen goods shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of $10,000 or to imprisonment for five years or both; and on conviction on indictment to a fine of $150,000 or imprisonment for fourteen years, or both.”
Acting Detective Superintendent Sherwin Joseph stated, “We would like to thank members of the public who have provided information to us in relation to these matters. That assistance has resulted not only in the recovery of several of the items stolen, but also in the arrest of a number of suspects believed to be responsible for these crimes.”
Mr. Joseph stressed, “While we accept it is the responsibility of the police to prevent as well as solve crime, this partnership with you, our primary stakeholders, is imperative to ensuring the safety of our communities.”
Since these incidents started in January, 2023, four stolen motorcycles and a large quantity of items believed to be stolen, have been recovered.
Twelve persons have been arrested in connection with these matters. One man has since been brought before the courts and pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to two years imprisonment and 18 months’ probation after release, with conditions.
Further court appearances are imminent, as our Criminal Investigations Unit continues to progress case files for submission to the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP), for review.
Meanwhile, the BPS continue to work in partnership with business owners to identify innovative ways to mitigate against the likelihood of these types of burglaries occurring.