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Helicopter Help, Officers on the Ground, Police report a significant arrest of TWO CUTLESS CARRYING MEN

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#TurksandCaicos, January 15, 2022  – Overnight, Police Officers responded to a number of burglary reports around Providenciales, which led to the significant arrest of two persons, on the morning of Friday, January 14, 2022.

Information was received, which led to Police intercepting a vehicle. The vehicle was stopped along the Leeward Highway, Providenciales. The occupants, two males, were arrested on suspicion of Aggravated Burglary after a number of suspected stolen items, weapons and masks were found in the vehicle.

In addition as part of our response to serious crime, in the early hours of this morning, Friday 14th January 2022, the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Tactical Unit, supported by officers from Criminal Investigation, Patrol officers and the Royal Cayman Island Police Helicopter conducted operations in the Blue Hills area of Providenciales.

Armed officers secured, entered and searched five properties linked to criminal activity and four persons were detained for drugs and immigration offences. This was a significant operation involving a number of officers and the support from the Cayman Police Helicopter was integral in the safe delivery of this operation.

Superintendent Ball (Specialist Operations) who led the activity said, “This was an intelligence led, planned operation focused on tackling the most serious of criminality here in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Our teams are working tirelessly to keep the islands safe.”

Below is a summary of the overnight incidents.

 

AGGRAVATED BURGLARY – GRACE BAY area At 00.30 hours Police responded to an aggravated burglary in the Grace Bay area where two males armed with knives entered a home by force and stole property from within.

ATTEMPTED BURGLARIES At 00.50 hours there were 2 attempted burglaries in Grace Bay, 2 persons were seen trying to gain entry but fled the scene.

 

AGGRAVATED BURGLARY – LONG BAY HILLS, PROVIDENCIALES On Friday, January 14, 2022, Police Officers from the Response and Operations were dispatched to a home in the Long Bay Hills area of Providenciales, after an aggravated burglary was reported. The culprits who were armed with a knife and a cutlass fled the home after taking cash and a mobile device.

 

AGGRAVATED BURGLARY – BLUE MOUNTAIN, PROVIDENCIALES – On Friday, January 14, 2022 at about 11:30am, Police Control room received a report of an aggravated burglary in the Blue Mountain area of Providenciales.

The culprits, who were armed with machetes, entered the home and demanded money, which was taken along with and electronic devices. No injuries were sustained.

AGGRAVATED BURGLARY – CHALK SOUND, PROVIDENCIALES – Officers were dispatched to an address in the Chalk Sound area of Providenciales on Friday, January 14, 2022 after a report of an aggravated burglary was made to the Police Control Room.

 

TWO MORE PROVIDENCIALES ROBBERIES

Additionally, Police Officers also responded to reports of Robberies which occurred at the First Caribbean Bank on Leeward Highway where an armed culprit took money from customers at the location. No injuries reported.

Officers also responded to Robbery report at a store along Leeward Highway, after three masked, armed men entered the store and demanded cash from persons inside the store. No injuries reported.

Commissioner of Police Trevor Botting said ‘We understand the impact on our communities of the number of crimes being committed, particularly those targeting homes and those involving violence. I want to reassure our communities that the officers and staff remain wholly committed to dealing with this surge in crime and the operations undertaken last night, together with the very significant arrest of two men highlight the operational activity that is being undertaken on a very regular basis. The arrests were a team effort within the policing teams together with information from our community and we will be relentless in going after those who are causing most harm but we cannot do this alone. I would urge anyone with any information to share this directly with us or through Crime Stoppers; crime is everyone’s business and telling us what you know may be the difference.”

Commissioner Botting added, “‘In the last week I have met with the Governor, Premier and Deputy Premier to discuss the crime situation and I have reassured them that, despite the impact of COVID on our staff, the Force is working flat out to identify and arrest those responsible for the recent crime. There are also significant developments in the Force capability and capacity and I will be making a further statement early next week on crime and how the Force is combatting it and the developments in the Force. Finally, I thank you for your support for the men and women within the RTCIPF, a group of people that are working courageously and tirelessly to keep our communities safe’ Investigations are underway for these incidents. Anyone with information about these or other crimes can call 911 or Crime Stoppers privately at 1-800-8477 (TIPS) Information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence. All crimestopper calls are answered by Miami Dade Police and no one from the RTCIPF will know who called.”

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ONE MAN CHARGED WITH THE MURDER OF JUSTIN COX-BECKLES

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#TurksandCaicos, August 5, 2022 – On Thursday 4th August 2022, 27-year-old Brian Francis of South Dock Providenciales, was charged with the murder of Justin Cox-Beckles.

The murder took place in the early hours of Sunday 24th July 2022 at Rock Plaza. Justin received a single gunshot wound during the incident and, despite the efforts of those assisting him to the hospital and medical staff, he died of his injury.

Commissioner of Police Trevor Botting said, “These charges follow extensive enquiries by the RTCIPF Investigations Team. However, this charge does not mean the end of the investigation; it remains active. This incident involved a number of others who took part in fighting at the scene. I am again, urging witnesses and others with information regarding this incident to speak out so that all of those involved can be identified and brought to justice. If you were a witness or have any information, please contact the police on 911 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800 8477 (TIPS). Your call will be treated in confidence.”

Commissioner Botting added, “In my recent press release on this investigation, I spoke about the responsibilities of those with knowledge of this incident to speak out. I am urging community leaders or family members of those who know something to encourage and support witnesses to come forward. Crime is everybody’s business and none more so when a young innocent life is taken so callously.”

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Bight Shooting of Young Man could be ‘Mistaken Identity’

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, August 5, 2022 – A young man is injured after assailants shot up his vehicle on Sunday night. The police confirmed the incident which had sparked concern among residents.

They say at about 2:50 AM on Sunday they got a call from the Cheshire Hall Medical Center reporting a young man with a gunshot wound was dropped off at the hospital. Investigations revealed that the young man had been driving around 2 AM when a red car came up beside him and opened fire.

Videos of the youngster’s car surfaced on social media, the windows completely destroyed and the driver’s side riddled with bullet holes.

Thankfully the young man is recovering well after being treated for his injury. The police have not commented on a possible motive for the shooting but many residents believe it is a case of mistaken identity that could’ve ended much worse.

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Police Commissioner Updates on Murder Investigation of Justin Cox-Beckles

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#TurksandCaicos, August 5, 2022 – In the early hours of Sunday 24th July 2022, 22-year-old Justin Cox Beckles was shot and killed at Rock Plaza, Blue Hills, Providenciales. Justin’s murder was a senseless act of violence that has taken a young life and ripped apart the lives of family, friends and a community. It’s clear that people are struggling to comprehend the taking of a life in such a terrible and cowardly act and we should all be shocked and saddened by this murder. The carrying of guns and acts of violence such as this, have no place in the communities of the Turks and Caicos Islands and whilst my officers are working hard to bring people to justice, people within the local community have a civic and moral obligation to assist where they can.

To simply sit back and believe it is for the Police to deal with is abdicating your responsibilities within a civilized Christian society. It was Archbishop Desmond Tutu who said, ‘If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor’. When young men are being killed on our streets, when young men are carrying guns and carrying out acts of mindless violence, it is not the time to stay neutral, it is the time to speak out, condemn and work together to rid the scourge of gun crime, violence and murder from the TCI. Staying silent when you can help stop the violence is taking the side of the oppressor, of the very people who are killing our young people. If you know something, say something, do not stay silent, do not stay neutral and do not choose the side of those despicable criminals carrying out these acts.

To the members of the community who are supporting us with information on this investigation and others, I thank you for telling us what you know. However, in this investigation we believe there are a number of people who have key information, including, we believe people who witnessed the murder of Justin. I am speaking to those persons directly and I implore you to come forward and tell us what you know. Do the right thing, do the Christian thing in bringing to justice the person who killed an innocent man.

 My officers need your help, but by way of an update I can tell you the following;

One man, Brian Francis, has been arrested for murder and remains in custody for the murder of Justin with an additional seven days’ custody being granted by a Judge. To date, no charges have been brought. One other person has also been interviewed in connection with this enquiry. This enquiry remains ongoing and fast paced as we work to bring those responsible to justice. I am again asking anyone with any information and especially those who have direct knowledge and potential evidence, to do the right thing, contact my officers and tell them what you know. It is your civil, moral and Christian responsibility.

Finally, let me remind you that a young man, Justin Cox Beckles lost his life in a senseless and abhorrent act of violence. Our condolences are sent to the family and friends of Justin and they remain in our thoughts and prayers.

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