National Security Minister says crime is always a concern
NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Robert ‘Sandy’ Sands, the Senior Executive Vice President at Baha Mar, expressed regret on Monday after a John Bull store at the resort was robbed on Sunday afternoon by brazen bandits.
‘We sincerely regret the incident that took place at the John Bull store [on Sunday]. The safety and security of our guests and associates is our first priority,” said Sands in an issued statement.
Police reported on Sunday afternoon that two men stormed the John Bull jewelry store at the Baha Mar Resort on Sunday afternoon, and stole an assortment of jewelry.
According to police reports, shortly after 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, two men entered a jewelry store on the hotel’s premises, smashed the showcase glass and stole an assortment of watches and jewelry before running from the store.
No weapons were used, and there were no reports of injuries.
Yesterday, Sands said the incident is currently under local police investigation and the Resort is fully cooperating to ensure that the matter is resolved imminently.
“We will have no further comment at this time,” Sands’ statement concluded.
National Security Minister Marvin Dames also told the media on Monday that he has received an update from the commissioner of police, who assured that the matter is being investigated.
“We hope that this is a matter that we will bring to some closure,” Dames said.
Asked if police presence would be beefed up in tourist hotspots, Dames responded, “It has been beefed up. The thing is this incident happened on a property in Baha Mar itself.
“You are not going to prevent all of these things, but what I would say is the police is currently looking at this particular matter and I am very confident that they would bring it to a close.”
Meanwhile, Dames said the Free National Movement administration never promised that they would completely eliminate crime, noting that there is no country that can boast of being crime free.
“The point I am making here is we are heading in the right direction and we will continue to do what we need to do, to ensure that we keep Bahamians and visitors alike safe,” Dames said.
“As far as the sexual assault matter, I was also updated by the police and I believe someone is in custody assisting the police and we continue to work on these matters.”
In addition to the weekend robbery of John Bull, a tourist was also allegedly sexually assaulted on Saturday. Police reported that the tourist was at a beach on Paradise Island, when she was allegedly sexually assaulted by a 34-year-old Bahamian male, who was later taken into custody.
Yesterday, Dames said he is concerned about every crime as someone is impacted whenever a crime takes place.
“We are concerned about crime against Bahamians and visitors alike, so we don’t separate [the two].
“Every crime is a concern to us.”