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2nd Wave of Home Robbers More Successful 2 Days Later in Grove Place

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FREDERIKSTED – A man doing repairs outside his home in Estate Grove Place said he was robbed of his cell phone and two air conditioners at gunpoint and ax-point by three men on Sunday, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Police received notification at 4:11 p.m. August 2 from the 911 Emergency Call Center of a robbery in Grove Place and began an investigation, the VIPD said.

Officers met with the homeowner who said that he was finishing some home repairs when he was approached by three men wearing white t-shirts and jeans who asked for a glass of water, according to police.

As the man began to tell the men he had no water, he was pushed to the ground. When he looked up he saw a gun and a pick axe pointed at his head.

The homeowner told the officers that the men entered his residence and removed two air-conditioning units and his mobile phone before immediately fleeing the area, police said.

This is the second robbery that the homeowner said he has faced in one week. The man said he was not gun-butted Sunday, but was on Thursday during an attempted robbery/home invasion.

The incident is under investigation by detectives with the Criminal Investigation Bureau, according to police.

A man in Estate Grove Place reported being confronted by 12 men inside and outside of his house who demanded money on July 30, two of them with guns, and being gun-butted in the attempted robbery.

The man said five of the men waited outside, but inside he found seven men who sat him in a chair while they ransacked the house and demanded money. The homeowner said he waited a day to report the crime to police because he was injured in the incident.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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