Cops on the job
The Police are going the full monty to catch the perpetrators of last Friday night’s robbery and fire at Campus Trendz in The City, which claimed the lives of six young Barbadian women.
And Barbadians are with the cops every step of the way.
Up to press time last night, police had received numerous calls regarding the possible identity of the two suspects who threw an explosive device into the store just before 7 p.m. Friday after robbing a supervisor.
And yesterday, the police released the image of a man taken by surveillance cameras, which they want Barbadians to assist in identifying.
“The person may not necessarily be related to the incident at Tudor Street, but he is wanted for questioning regarding a number of serious criminal matters,” police public relations officer Inspector David Welch told the DAILY NATION yesterday.
The picture, though slightly blurred, shows a slim, dark man, wearing a black ski cap, dark sunglasses and studded earrings.
“People from all walks of life have been contacting us with information,” Welch added. “The force is taking every call to our incident room seriously, and every time we receive a call, a special group of officers have been to a number of communities to seek assistance from the public, based on those calls to police.”
Welch noted that the Police Force’s recently formed robbery unit was also providing special assistance to the investigation, and that several of the country’s leading detectives had been assigned to the case.
“We have our teams working tirelessly. Our intelligence teams, especially, are on the ground working this case,” Welch said.
The incident room the inspector mentioned has been set up at the Central Police Station, and all calls relating to last week’s fiery blaze are routed there, no matter which police station receives the original call.
Welch also revealed that the force was having to deal with a number of rumours being spread across the country since the robbery.
He noted that police revisited the scene at Campus Trendz yesterday to complete their forensics examinations, and contrary to popular belief, no body of a baby had been discovered.
In addition, Welch noted that no persons had been removed by authorities from the Grantley Adams International Airport attempting to fly out of Barbados in an attempt to escape justice.
“We have no persons assisting us directly with the investigation. The investigations are very much continuing,” Welch concluded.
Last Friday’s blaze took the lives of Campus Trendz staff Kellisha Olliviere, 24, Shanna Giffith, 18, Pearl Cornelius, 18, and shoppers Kelly-Ann Welch, 24, Tiffany Harding, 23, and Nikkita Belgrave, 18.