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Inquiries Into Armed Robbery at Washington Mall Gold Standard Store

Wednesday, January 29,2020

Detective Superintendent Nicholas Pedro, Officer in Charge, Crime Division – At about 9:30am this morning, two men on a motorcycle rode into the walkway of Washington Mall from the Church Street entrance. The cycle travelled south along the pedestrian walkway on the second level of the Mall, and parked inside of the mall just after entering the double sliding doors. The two suspects dismounted the cycle and both of them ran along the second level of the mall and into the Gold Standard premises. Suspect 1 was carrying what appeared to be a firearm. Suspect 2 then proceeded to break the large display cabinet with a tool that he was carrying in his hand, whilst Suspect 1 emptied another display cabinet. Both suspects placed as many items as they could into bags they were carrying. They then exited Gold Standard, running back to the parked motorcycle. The motorcycle then travelled north on the pedestrian walkway on the second level of the mall, turned right onto Church Street and made good their escape with a quantity of jewellery that was stolen from the premises.



Reported Armed Robbery at Washington Mall Gold Standard Store [Updated]

Wednesday, January 29,2020

Around 9:30am today (Wednesday, January 29th), two men wearing dark coloured clothing and dark coloured helmets with tinted visors rode up to the eastern entrance of the Washington Mall in the City of Hamilton – parked their motorcycle at the entrance, made their way to the Gold Standard store and began smashing the display cases and removing items of jewellery. During the incident, there were two members of staff inside the business.



Commissioner, Minister of National Security: No Murders In 2019 Joint Statement

Thursday, January 23,2020

Stephen Corbishley, The Commissioner of Police, today advised that 2019 was the first time in over 20 years that no homicides were recorded in Bermuda, with the belief that this position could actually be even longer subject to examination of archive crime records. Commissioner Corbishley stated:  "2019 saw tremendous work by the BPS and the Government’s Anti-Gang Task Force in preventing the risk of serious violence, particularly in regards to gun crime, across the island. Last year not one life was lost through homicide which is testament to those involved in protecting the public and dealing with small parts of our community who choose to be involved in gang related crime. Additionally, we recorded just 2 firearms related injuries and whilst this is still extremely serious, it pales against the recording of 28 firearms related injuries 10 years ago. However, tackling this problem is complex and involves significant resources to intervene in tensions and ensure we prevent the supply and use of guns and other weapons. Additionally, we see increasing numbers of young men want to turn away from crime and there is excellent support from Pastor Bean and others to assist them. But last year’s position cannot leave to complacency and whilst it is an excellent achievement, the same, if not more effort, needs to continue in order to prevent the senseless loss of any life and instead create pathways for young men involved in gangs, drug dealing and other forms of crime to redirect their lives. The key for this is to continue a strong partnership between Government, Police and local communities."



Constable Oswin Pereira Dismissed for Gross Misconduct

Tuesday, January 21,2020

On Monday the 20th of January, an independent panel determined that Constable Oswin Pereira of the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) had used unnecessary force during an arrest in May 2017. Furthermore, that he breached honesty and integrity demonstrating levels of premeditated behaviours that brought discredit on the BPS which amounted to gross misconduct.



Firearms Warrant Executed at Pembroke Residence

Saturday, January 18,2020

At approximately 5:00 p.m. on Friday January 17th 2020, investigators from the Serious Crime Unit and other Support Teams from the Bermuda Police Service executed a Firearms Warrant at a Pembroke residence.  This warrant was in relation to an ongoing active investigation involving the use of a firearm.  The Bermuda Police Service would like to thank those members of the public who have come forward with information and encourage others to assist the Bermuda Police Service in combatting crime.



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