Jamaica Crime News, Hanover: The Police in the parish of Hanover say they have now laid criminal charges against one teenager and two other men, in connection with the seizures of millions of dollars in stolen household articles, furniture and appliances at the Orchard Gardens in Hopewell, Hanover, last Friday night of June 28th to Saturday morning of June 29th.
The police have given the names of the men as Jose Belvidere, otherwise called “Obija”, 19-year-old of Bakery Lane, Darren Biggs, 20-year-old security guard of Jumpp Town and Devon McKenzie, 21-year-old laborer of Zacky Lane all in Hopewell, Hanover.
All three men who have been charged with Larceny and House Breaking are expected to appear in the Sandy Bay Court on Tuesday, July 10.
Reports by the Sandy Bay police are that over the past week, several homeowners who reside at the upscale community of Orchard Gardens in Hopewell, Hanover, made several reports to the police of multiple break-ins taking place in their community.
The police then acted upon information received, and during the hours of 10:00 p.m. on Friday, June 29 to 5:00 a.m. on Saturday morning of June 30th, the police went to a section of Orchard Gardens and carried out an operation.
During the operation, three houses in Sawyers Beach, Jumpp Town, and Bakery Lane were searched. Several items which include beds, mattresses, refrigerators, televisions, tablets and other household articles valued at over a million dollars were recovered.
The items were later identified as those which have been stolen from the houses in the area. The three suspects were immediately taken into custody in connection with the seizure.
One homeowner at Orchard Gardens who wishes to remain anonymous stated that, he commends the police on their success in capturing the robbers. He also indicated that, they have lost millions in household items since the start of the year to these robbers.
Inspector Paul Simms in charge of Crime for the parish of Hanover reported that, three men, two of whom were identified as the housebreakers and the other recipient were taken into custody, in connection with the massive seizure, however, their identities cannot be released at this time because they have not yet been officially charged.
The Crime Chief further stated that over a period of time, there have been numerous reported cases of housebreaking within the circle of the Orchard Gardens Community: “On Friday of the weekend, we acted on intelligence received, a team which was under my supervision went to a section of the community and carried out a search of three premises in the area. The search resulted in the seizure of several household items, which were reportedly stolen from several homes in the Orchard Gardens circle over a period. The swift success of this operation is one of many which displays the relationship between the citizens and the police in Hanover and I would want to see this kind of relationship taking place between the residents in every community of the parish and the police.”
Superintendent in Charge of Hanover, Sharon BePut, told our news team that the police did a very excellent job and the citizens were pleased: “We met with the citizens and they have joined forces with us to ensure that a situation like this does not repeat itself. The police and the citizens have also put a mechanism in place to ensure that the area does not go back to where it was before. We are also sending a strong warning to robbers to beware of this community.”