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November 19, 2012
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Residents of Sanguinetti in Clarendon are blaming an increase in the number of street dances in the community for the frequent robberies that have been taking place in the area in recent times.

The residents are calling on the police to take steps to rid their community of persons who are carrying out frequent robberies in their area.

According to the residents, for the past two months, several persons have been held up and robbed by gunmen who have seemingly taken up residence in the area. It is understood that the men have been targeting bars, especially those that are located in areas that are not heavily populated.

Some persons have even blamed the frequent robberies on an increase in the number of dances that are being held in the community. The residents say the dances are attended by persons from other areas in Clarendon and the neighbouring parish of Manchester.

robbed of cash and phones

Persons from the area have told THE STAR that the latest robbery took place at a small bar in the community more than a week ago. On that occasion, patrons were surprised by a man armed with a gun who ordered everyone to lie on the ground face down while he robbed them of cash and cellular phones before escaping in a waiting white motor car, which then headed towards Grantham in the parish.

The frequent robberies have reportedly caused residents to become fearful of walking on the street whenever it becomes dark, as some sections of the community are not properly lit.

When contacted, the Spaldings police confirmed that several robberies had in fact taken place. The police also said that the reports have forced them to step up patrols of the area with the hope of apprehending persons guilty of the crime.

The police were however unable to confirm that the number of hold-ups can be attributed to the many dances taking place in the area over the past two months. They are asking residents to be on the lookout for strange faces in their community and alert the police of any suspicious-looking persons.

A visit to the community last Friday night showed that the police have in fact increased patrols of the community, as a unit from the Spaldings Police Station was spotted in the area just after 10 o'clock. The police told THE STAR that residents can expect to see them in Sanguinetti on a more regular basis to ensure that the criminals stay away or are held and brought to justice.

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