Nassau, Bahamas — Sources in the TCI today told us a standoff in Providenciales lasted for seven hours as four gunmen entered and tried rob the Hallmark Trust Bank on Leeward Highway early Saturday morning.
Around 4am the robbers entered the bank, which triggered an alarm and alerted police to swiftly race to the scene and secure the bank’s property, trapping the robbers inside. Bahamas Press has learned one of the four burglars now in police custody is Bahamian born.
Another robber arrested in the foiled robbery is a son of well–known island chef, Ricky Clarke, owner of the Flamingo Restaurant in Grand Turk. Clarke was allowed by police to enter the bank in an effort to convince his son along with the robbers to surrender to police. Clarke’s efforts were successful and shortly after around 11am the burglars exited the bank with their hands in the air.
Crime has doubled in the Turks and Caicos Islands over the last 12-month police in the TCI now tell us; with gun crimes and burglaries rocking the island. A police report was delivered to the Governor and his advisory board last week detailing the situation; one which is now getting worse by the day.
According to the report, criminals tend to be aged 30 and above and local rather than foreign.
Of the 499 people charged with an offense this year, 350 where local adult males while 96 were foreign adult males. Local adult females accounted for 29 incidents and juveniles just four.