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St. Croix Man Liming In Altona Lagoon Has SUV, Jewelry Stolen By 3 Armed, Masked Males: VIPD

CHRISTIANSTED — Three masked men wearing dark clothing robbed a St. Croix man of his vehicle and his jewelry at gunpoint as he was relaxing in his SUV at Altona Lagoon last night, authorities said.

Officers were dispatched to Altona Lagoon in reference to a robbery that occurred at 9:21 p.m. Thursday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Police went to the Gallows Bay area and contacted the victim who reported that while he was sitting in his vehicle, he was approached by three males, according to the VIPD.

“The victim recalls that at least one of the suspects was armed with a firearm, which was pointed at him,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “The victim was ordered out of his vehicle and his jewelry was taken from him before the suspects departed with the victim’s maroon 2001 Toyota Highlander.”

The victim reported that all three suspects were wearing dark clothing with black masks covering their faces, according to Derima.

One suspect was described as being six feet tall, wearing a long-sleeved shirt with dark jeans. Another suspect was described as standing 5-feet-6 inches tall and had a “dark complexion.” The victim could not describe the third suspect.

The VIPD is asking anyone who may have information on this robbery to call 911, the Crime Tip Line at (340) 778-4950, or the paying anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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