Burglar caught thanks to cool-headed victim

| 04/10/2010

(CNS): A man was arrested last night for assault and burglary after a member of the household he had broken into called police while the incident was taking place. The RCIPS said that officers arrived within minutes and immediately detained the suspect. Just after midnight last night, police received a report that a man had broken into a house in Foremast Close, West Bay. The woman making the call stated that the burglar, who was still within the house, had pushed her mother to the floor and stolen her purse. Police immediately attended and arrested a 39-year-old man on suspicion of both burglary and assault. He remains in police custody.

The woman who had been assaulted did not require medical attention, but was left shaken by the ordeal.

Police said the calm response and quick actions of a burglary victim led to the speedy arrest. Acting Chief Inspector Frank Owens, the District Commander for West Bay, said: “The woman who reported the incident remained calm and controlled despite the very frightening circumstances. Her mother had just been assaulted but she was composed enough to make the call to 911; she knew it was important to let us know as quickly as possible what had happened to allow us to get resources to the scene. Officers arrived within minutes and immediately detained the suspect.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Congrats to the RCIPS but special mention should be made to the victim who I understand personally held down the suspect until the the RCIPS arrived.  She might have been taking a risk but she felt she had to defend herself and the young girl and she sure did a good job at it.  We never know what we’ll do if we’re faced with a similar situation so we should all learn how to defend ourselves. Hopefuly that suspect will be one more nuisance off the street for a while. 

  2. Anonymous says:

    Well done to the lady who made the call to the police and thank you to the RCIPS for arriving promptly and making the arrest. 

    Now if only our legislators would do what needs to be done with our laws relating to this kind of crime. They need to double the current sentences and make sure that there is absolutely no parole for crimes with any violence. That is the other thing that is needed to allow our people to know that convicted felons will not just go through the revolving door of the Northward Hotel and be back on the streets in a very short time.


    • Anonymous says:

      "They need to double the current sentences…"

      Doubling sentences is not a deterrent.

      Increasing the probability of getting caught is the only deterrent that works.

      Professional criminals are generally smart enough to weigh risk versus reward. The crack-heads are so whacked out that there are no detrrents for them.

      • Anonymous says:

        I for one do not care about the theory of deterrents. Locking up violent burglars for 30 years with no parole, whether it is a deterrent or not, reduces to zero the probability that they will break into my house or your house at any time in the next 30 years.

  3. Durrrr says:

    Strange that the more-guns lobby are so quiet

    • Dennie Warren Jr. says:

      It’s good that the law abiding are beginning to resist those committing criminal acts against them…, but your willful ignorance on this topic is astonishing.

  4. My2cents says:

    And who says the RCIP are slow? GOOD WORK again RCIP. Quick response, and professional standards are what is winning this war. Congrats to the RCIP for nabbing the robbers quickly. Hope the victims are not too shaken.

  5. Anon says:

    Good result.  Excellent work RCIPS.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wow….an arrest was made quickly. This sounds more like the RCIPS are taking quick action. Good job! 🙂