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RTCIPF NEWS RELEASE - Tuesday, 21st July 2015 11:00AM

RTCIPF NEWS RELEASE

Officers of the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force (RT&CIPF) have arrested and charged two persons for various offences yesterday and they are as follows:

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1).  33 year old Jawain Williams of North Caicos was arrested and charged for Using Offensive Weapon as to Cause Fear and Possession of Offensive Weapon. The charges stem from a report that was made on Wednesday 1st July 2015. He remains in Police custody.

2). 22 year old Lorand Prospere of Five Cays was arrested and charge for Possession of Offensive Weapon. The charge stems from a Stop and Search that was conducted by Officers on Sunday 19th July 2015 where a red handle silver blade knife was found. He remains in police custody.

Report missing persons

Contact the police immediately if:

  • The whereabouts of someone is unknown

  • You fear for their safety

  • You have concerns for their welfare.

You do not need to wait 24 hours before making a report.

How to report a missing person

Report a missing person:

  • At a police station in person

  • By phone on 941 8083/ 941-8082/ 941-8067.

Provide as much information as possible. This will help us in our investigation.

Include:

  • When and where the person was last seen or heard from

  • Places the missing person likes to visit

  • Their cause of absence if known

  • A full description of the missing person

  • A recent photograph

  • Any medical problems, requirements or medications they need

  • Any other reasons for your concern about their safety or welfare

  • Names, addresses and phone numbers of friends and associates.

What the police will do

We will make enquiries in the area where the person was last seen. The police will keep in contact with you during that time.

If the disappearance is suspicious, the investigation may be taken over by the Criminal Investigation Department.

Public assistance

If you have information on the possible whereabouts of a missing person contact:

  • 911

  • Crime Stoppers on 1800 8477

  • Any police station

If you are missing

Being a missing person is not a crime.

We ask that you call your family and friends to let them know that you are alright.

If you don't want to make contact with your family and friends you can ask the 911 Centre to pass on a message.

The police will not tell anyone where you are without your permission.

Missing Persons Coordination Centre

The police works in partnership with government, non-government agencies and the community to:

  • Help reduce the incidence of missing persons

  • Locate missing persons as quickly as possible

  • Provide support to the missing person, their family, friends and the community.

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CULTIVATION OF CANNABIS CHARGE

On today’s date (Friday 17th July 2015), William Richard Penn Jr appeared in the Magistrate’s Court and pled guilty to the charge of Cultivation of Cannabis.

The charge laid on William Penn Jr. stems from an incident in which police executed a search warrant at a home in The Bight at approximately 12:30pm (Monday 13 July 2015). During that search, police located and seized 3 large flower pots containing 18 suspected Cannabis plants. As a result, 21 year old William Richard Penn Jr was arrested.

The Chief Magistrate, Clifton Warner has scheduled the date for Penn’s sentencing on Friday 21, August 2015.

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED DRUGS CHARGE

Also in the Magistrate’s Court, 23 year old Derrickson Missick of Kew Town pled guilty to Possession of Controlled Drugs and was fined $1,200. This charged is in connection to a Search Warrant that was conducted at the home of Mr. Missick on Wednesday July 15, 2015 where 21 grams of Cannabis (An estimated street value of $210.00.) was found. He was ordered to pay the fine by Friday August 21st, 2015 or four months imprisonment.

BEWARE OF STRANGERS ON FACEBOOK OFFERING EMPLOYMENT

The financial Crime unit is advising the public to beware of strangers contacting them on Facebook offering them employment opportunities.

These individuals will add you as a friend on Facebook and starts a friendly conversation with you. Thus far, we have seen where persons are offered to conduct surveys on behalf of these strangers, mainly to provide feedback on money transfer services operating here in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Once you accept their proposal and employment opportunity, the fraudster would request your personal information and also your bank account details in order for them to transfer money to your account. The money that is transferred to you, is for you to conduct your survey.

Once the money is transferred to your account you will be given information and instruction to transfer the money to a third party. You will also be asked to provide feedback on the services of that money transfer agency as part of your survey.

The fraudster will instruct you to deduct your commission from the monies transferred to your account. The monies that are transferred to your account are stolen funds and on most occasions are stolen from another customer of that same banking institution.

Persons are asked not to follow any links emailed to them asking them to update their banking information. These emails appeared to be coming from your bank, however they are been sent by hackers who are phishing for information.

Once you follow the link provided and update your information the hackers will have your banking information and will transfer monies from your account.

If you are a victim or know anyone who have been affected please contact the Financial Crime Unit on 1-649-941-4450

POLICE SEIZE MORE THAN 90 CANNABIS PLANTS – BLUE HILLS

Police have seized 90 cannabis plants weighing 8 pounds with an estimated potential street value of $36,320 following a search in Blue Hills yesterday. At approximately 4pm yesterday (Thursday 16 July 2015), officers attached to multiple units conducted a systematic search of a bushy area near Maranatha High School in Blue Hills.

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During the search of that bushy area, police discovered 90 plant pots each containing a Cannabis plant with an average height of three feet. The plants were seized from the location for destruction. No one was found in that location during the police operation and inquiries into the matter are continuing.

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Anyone with information that could assist investigators is urged to call Police at 941-8083 or CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-8477