Cop's gun stolen during beach trip?
A policewoman who was robbed of two guns on Monday in St Ann was reportedly on a beach trip when the incident happened.
Information reaching The Star is that the cop, a corporal stationed in Trelawny, was on a trip to a popular beach in the 'Garden Parish' on National Heroes Day.
She reportedly left the firearms in a motor car at a parking lot. The car was broken into by criminals and the weapons stolen.
"If one firearm goes stolen with rounds of ammunition, it's considered serious when it ends up in the hands of criminal elements," newly installed divisional commander for the parish Superintendent Gary Francis told THE STAR yesterday.
It is also understood that one of the weapons is a private firearm and the other is government-issued.
"The report that we have is that the firearms went missing from a car park," Francis said.
"I was aware of the incident and ongoing investigation before I got here. When the investigation is done, it will reveal if it was a case of negligence or not."
The police have refused to comment on the exact circumstances under which the weapons were stolen. They have also refused to indicate the status of the woman cop at the centre of the probe.
Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of the police's communication arm, told THE STAR that because of ongoing investigations, there will be no official statement for now.
"The matter is being investigated and, therefore, we are not giving a detailed account at the moment," Lindsay said.
"It is indeed the commissioner that will be making a determination as to what is next. We, however, will not give a public release at this time."
The stealing of the cops' guns in St Ann comes two months after the parish commander Wayne Cameron at then - warned persons to take care in protecting properties.
The warning was promoted by a series of robberies committed by men who broke into parked motor cars.
Francis said yesterday that he holds the same views.
"We speak about target hardening which is a concept that we preach in terms of protection of property and life. Anything of value that attract criminals, you must harden the security around it," Francis said.
"Do not leave your handbag in the vehicle. If you have a handbag, secure it. However, people will inadvertently or carelessly do otherwise."