Police are investigating a break and enter which occurred sometime between Friday evening and Saturday morning, at Hilan’s Auto Body Repair Shop located at La Clery.
The sister of the business owner, Kimberley Verneuil, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today that her brother, Hilan Verneuil, made the discovery on Saturday, Jan. 2 at around 6 a.m.
Kimberley said her brother would usually sleep at his business establishment, but decided to spend New Year’s evening at another sister in Castries, and expecting a break-in was the last thing on his mind.
According to Kimberly, there is evidence of forced entry at the gates.
Her brother also suspects that the robbery may have been committed by persons who know him personally, have worked with him or live close to the shop.
“Based on where the items were, it has to be someone who knows about it and it had to be more than one person who robbed the shop,” Kimberley told SNO.
The bandits took a compressor and a spray gun, among other items from the body repair shop.
The business owner estimates losses of approximately $10,000 worth of items.
While a report was made with the police on the same day the business was discovered broken into, Kimberley claims that the police only showed up at the business premises on Sunday, Jan. 3.