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CLEAN SWEEP! Laundry and Sporting Goods Store Burglarized During Lunar Eclipse


CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A laundry and a sporting goods store inside a shopping mall was burglarized overnight during the blood moon, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police to the Tutu Park Mall at 5 a.m. Monday after receiving a report of a robbery, the VIPD said.

Police met with the staff of Best Laundromat who said that when they arrived at the work they noticed that the business had been burglarized overnight.

The burglar(s) gained entry into the laundry by using an outer door, which led into a storeroom, police said. The burglar(s) took an undetermined amount of money from the business.

When the burglar(s) got inside the laundry, they were able to gain access to the mall through the roof, according to police.
The burglar(s) then used an unknown instrument to damage the entrance gate to Champs Sporting Goods, police said. Once inside the sporting goods store, they stole several thousand dollars’ worth of merchandise.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to phone 911 or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477 or go to

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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