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Two Masked Armed Robbers Take $2,000 From Exquisite Barber Shop & Bar Saturday

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two armed masked men robbed a barber shop-bar on St. Thomas at the Vitraco Mall early Saturday morning, authorities said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched patrol officers from the Richard Callwood Command to the Exquisite Barber Shop and Bar in Charlotte Amalie about 3:53 a.m. Saturday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Bureau were also notified and responded.

“Upon arrival to Exquiste contact was made with the victims who stated while closing the business, two masked men entered the business each armed with a gun,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said. “The victims continued that after entering the business one of the suspects went to the cash register emptied same, took monies from the business book and then searched their purses taking approximately $2,000.00 dollars from both the registers and them.”

This case is currently under active investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB).

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) at 340-774-2211 ext. 5608 or the anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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