Report Of Armed Robbery Of Tourists At Barbados Springvale Eco-Heritage Museum

Masked Gunman Had Snub-Nosed Revolver – Fled To Waiting Car

Can anyone confirm the following report by BFP reader Haras?

We hesitate to give instant credibility to reports from anonymous readers – so can anyone confirm what Haras wrote in our comments section here?

There was another one this afternoon at Springvale Eco-heritage Museum in St. Andrew. I heard about it from an eyewitness.

A fellow in a ski mask and jogging clothes came out of a waiting car and held up two cars of tourists (German and Russian) who had just arrived at this Scotland district site, plus the proprietor of the museum. The robber had a snub-nosed revolver of some sort. Having taken the people’s money and whatever passports were available, he ran to his accomplice in the waiting car and they fled the scene.

Their modus operandi and their car also fits the description of robberies that occurred earlier this month. They seem to like remote places.

These incidents do seem to be occurring more frequently. An email that arrived just moments ago contained a first-person account of being tailed at night while driving on a dark stretch of Highway 2A, from Bakers on south. From the description of events, it was not paranoia but definitely someone (actually two cars) following her.

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16 responses to “Report Of Armed Robbery Of Tourists At Barbados Springvale Eco-Heritage Museum

  1. GreenBB

    If this is true…oooh, the proprietor of this museum is really doing good work. I am so disturbed by all of these stories. Somebody needs to smack some sense into these criminals wherever they may be from…

    What happened at FCIB in Warrens today, I was scheduled to be at the CGI Tower for a meeting, luckily it was rescheduled.

  2. Fishpot

    Solution. Bring in some trained people in self defense and give them the run of the island, car etc. and then by any means necessary. Fire with fire.

  3. reality check

    About 10 years ago the Barbados Defence Force had to go into Maxwell I believe and clean up an area of lawless crack addicts and low life criminals which the RBPF was powerless to control..

    The area became liveable almost immediately after a number of arrests. Maybe its time?

  4. My former boss of an erstwhile island tour had to run over a man and a log in the road by Bulkeley – he then hit two other guys trying to carjack him in that same place, and this was in the early 60’s!

    I heard how a jiu-jitsu expert visited here in the mid-70’s and insisted on walking back to his hotel after a night of debauchery and was confronted by four men, each armed with a collins…

    He cat-spraddled all and dropped their pants to score their butt-cheeks with X’s then called an ambulance and went to sleep it off, Police were told by the QEH and arrested the perps as they got bandaged.

  5. Troubled

    These crimes seem to be organised with groups of bandits working together…time for tough love as was done in New York City in the 80’s….before then it was anarchy…if NYC could be cleaned up I am sure the same can be done for Bim!

  6. Jerome Hinds

    Could such acts be linked to deported criminals from the US ?

    It is true there was crime in Bim before……what seems a bit unusual is the brazen daylight attacks.

    Indeed these acts seem to be the workings of organised hardened criminals……some more research is needed .

    These culprits here of late appear to have eluded law enforcement officials thus far.

  7. Jerome Hinds

    BFP,

    Kindly delete my first posting on this topic.

    thanks

  8. Hants

    Solution.

    Increase Police patrols.

    More SWAT teams.

    Use the BDF as backup when raiding high crime areas.You need firepower and we do not have a big enough Police Force.

    Sentencing.

    25 years in prison for using a gun to commit crime
    10 years for posession of an illegal firearm.

    Some may say easier said than done but I say….Just Do It.

  9. Tony Hall

    Jerome,
    This could actually be the case. I was monitoring these crimes for the last couple of months and the modus operandi seem to be the same which leads me to believe this. I remember Alfred Harding being deported from Canada in the early eighties and he remained under the radar for about a month and after that he became rampant.

  10. peltdownman

    From what I understand, when on a lonely or dark stretch of road, look out particularly for cars following without lights, or just parking lights.

  11. Claude

    Personally I’m not the least bit surprised of the recent upsurge at all. After the recent drug finds carried out I was on the lookout for this. The guys need to get back their income.
    If you and I loose a job we go looking for another, when these guys loose a shipment, or crop they are not going to write a resume to a soul. Its jungle law at thet strata of society.
    All in all a heavyier hand is needed before we get a travel advisory.

  12. no name

    This incident and the one at FCIB Warrens are reported on the front page of today’s Nation.
    The police are calling for the assistance of the public in apprehending the perpetrators of these crimes.

    The US Embassy here has already advised in relation to another incident
    http://barbados.usembassy.gov/barbados_crime.html

  13. On 19th February I was taking a visiting couple up to see Animal Flower Cave.

    As we were driving up Highway 2A past Prior Park, police sirens sounded behind me. I was a few kph over the limit, I admit, but it wasn’t for me. Three police cars screamed by, followed three minutes later by three more. A further four followed, overtaking us and the other traffic up by St Thomas’ Church.

    By the time we reached Mile and a Quarter a total of twelve poiice cars had zoomed past, heading further north.

    I explained to my friends that there had been instances of young women facing attempts at car jacking along that stretch, and that I was therefore glad they were with me. I also said that there had been holdups of tourists on lonely roads in that part of the island.

    We continued up to the north coast past the new St Lucy police station under construction. They were duly impressed by the rocky coastline, but we saw nothing further of the police posse.

    It occurred to me the police needed a helicopter to zero in on any armed bandits trying to evade them. From up above a car could be easily tracked. Without such a spotter it would be hard to catch them on the maze of cane roads.

    I never heard any more of the incident. Does anyone know what happened? I promised my guests I would let them know if I found out. For them it was a bit of an adventure, but one I could have done without.

  14. peltdownman

    They were late for lunch

  15. Straight talk

    Do we all realise the actual cost of maintaining a helicopter.

    Years ago , I remember a figure of $32,000 per flying hour being bandied about.

    Perhaps Robert can update us?

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    BFP says,

    Hello Straight Talk,

    Robert here. $32,000 per hour is not realistic even with depreciation and other factors heavily weighted.

    You can rent a Bell 206 wet (with fuel) for US$1000 per hour anywhere and they will throw in a pilot. That is an expensive turbine (jet) powered bird with high depreciation too. Gas-powered helicopters rent from US$350 per hour and for that the rental business must cover fuel, depreciation, maintenance, insurance, depreciation etc so we can see that costs are nowhere near $32k per hour.

    Before we start talking helicopter though we have to define the mission. If we are talking general police patrol that is one thing. If we want the same helicopter to be available for Coast Guard work offshore, medical evacuations and the like that is another thing.

    Entry level for general police patrol would be a Robertson R44. This is a four-place on a good day (a cool day with no huge passengers) and is piston powered (gasoline engine) vs. turbine (jet) engined.

    By the time you get a new R44 to Barbados and equip it you are probably looking at US$400,000. Say US$350 per hour all in after that.

    If we want to maximize our mission hours and types, and also lower overall costs, we could actually run both an R44 and a fixed-wing small aircraft like a Cessna 172. The per hour costs of the C-172 are about 25% of a helicopter and for general patrol it can be just as effective. We could pick up a used one in cherry condition for US$200,000. Or a brand-new Super Cub clone for US$150,000. There are many used aircraft types that would do a smashing job for not much over US$125,000.

    Many police forces throughout the world have gone to a mixed fix wing and helicopter package to lower costs and gain overall mission flexibility. Night-scopes are cheap now, so just like on TV the police can see the bad guys from miles away and direct ground units in for the arrest.

    Something to think about.

  16. Straight talk

    Thanks Robert, I Knew you’d come up with the goods.

    All very interesting with much food for thought.

    My initial thoughts would be who would the RBPF rent one from on an hourly basis?

    To be truly effective as a crime fighting tool the helicopter must be available 24/7 for instant response.

    Looking back the $32,000 figure was the cost of having a dedicated hi-tech craft and facility with police pilots at the ready, much the same as fire or ambulance services.

    The annual cost of such was then divided by the actual flying time to give that hourly figure.