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Home Invasion In Estate Whim Nets Cash and Jewelry From Startled Homeowner After Midnight: VIPD

FREDERIKSTED — Police are searching an Estate Whim home for evidence after two armed, masked men stole cash and jewelry just after midnight, authorities said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center received a report of a home invasion in Estate Whim at about 12:02 a.m. today, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“The victim reported that while entering his residence, an individual pointed a firearm at him, and directed him to open the door to his home,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “The victim further stated that he complied with the suspect’s order, and as he entered the residence, a second suspect took his jewelry.”

Each suspect restrained the victim and removed cash and additional jewelry before departing the residence, according to Derima.

The two suspects were described as having a slim build, and being between 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet in height. The each wore dark blue jeans.

“One of the suspects had on a camouflage-print hoodie jacket with a ski mask,” he said. “The other suspect wore a black hoodie with his face covered.”

Detectives of the Criminal Investigation Bureau are urging anyone with information on this incident to call 911, the Crime Tip Line at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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