St. Johnstons Village shop-owner wounded and robbed while Police recover items stolen from All Saints Road church

A shop-owner has been injured during the alleged robbery of his St. Johnstons Village retail shop.

Reports are that the proprietor of Samuel Retail Shop was struck in the head with a hard object by an unknown assailant, who then broke into the business place and robbed him of an undisclosed sum of money and a cell phone.

According to reports, the owner said he heard a banging noise and went to an eastern window at the front of the shop to investigate.

He says he then saw an unknown man, fair in complexion, who was dressed in a grey buttoned-up shirt, and who assaulted him with the hard object.

The shop owner had to be transported to the hospital and treated for the injury to his head.

Reportedly the perpetrator had entered the shop by removing six louvre panes and breaking two others on an eastern window.

This offence reportedly occurred at about 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning, July 28.

Meanwhile, an incident of sacrilege – or theft from a church – and the larceny of building materials from a Government construction site are currently being investigated.

The pastor of the Ottos Wesleyan Holiness Church, located on All Saints Road, reported to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) that the house of worship had been broken into, and an undisclosed number of toiletries, disinfectants, clothes had been stolen from a storeroom.

The intruder reportedly had used a sharp object to cut the padlock off burglar bars on the kitchen door. Then a hard object was used to break off a cylindrical lock attached to the door.

In this instance, however, the Police were able to recover the items. A senior officer reportedly spotted a Cashew Hill man known as “One Love” in the vicinity of the church and with the stolen items in his possession. But the perpetrator managed to make good his escape. 

The items have since been taken to CID pending further investigations.

This offence reportedly occurred between 10:15 p.m. on July 25 and 12:30 p.m. on July 26.

In another incident, Clarence Pilgrim, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works, reported to the CID that 10 lengths of 4×4 lumber had been stolen from a government construction site located on Independence Drive.

This offence occurred sometime between July 26 and July 27.

It was about two weeks ago that someone stole a number of items from a container at Old Runway that belongs to the Ministry of Works.

In that incident, the bandits made off with 30 water pumps with pressure tanks, each valued at $1,200; two rolls of 2.5 electrical wire; and four heavy-duty drop cords.

Reportedly the person(s) gained access to the container by using the keys to unlock two padlocks.