A local businesswoman has expressed disappointment at the manner in which the police handled a recent burglary at her business located on the Bexon Highway.
The co-owner of Plastic Solution Limited, who asked not to be named, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Tuesday that her business was burglarized on Sunday, August 28, 2016 around 11:40.p.m.
She said that the bandits used a crowbar to break open the doors to her business, even though a security guard was on location at the time of the incident.
“They went directly to the safe and took about $5,000 in there. They took a computer monitor, and a few little items that they could have put their hands on,” she told SNO.
The businesswoman said the security guard claims that he saw when the bandits entered the premises, but he went into hiding, afraid that they would hurt him because he was unarmed.
She discovered that the place was burglarized the next morning after showing up for work.
The security guard claims his phone had no credit and he could not call to inform anyone.
The police were called in to investigate.
They were provided with video footage and promised to return to analyse it.
“We have gone to them on a number of occasions. They told us that the officer (dealing with this case) is working the night shift and when he gets the time he will contact us. It’s two weeks that we haven’t heard from them,” the woman complained.
But this is not the only problem that has struck the Bexon business in the past few weeks.
She told SNO that her business was presented with a fake cheque which has cost her company thousands of dollars.
According to her, someone had called and placed an order for $11,581 worth of plastic bags. Having recognized that its a first time customer, they requested a manger’s cheque.
“An employee decided to take the order and went on the delivery. Someone called and asked him to drop the order close to Green Parot at the Morne and gave him the cheque (purportedly) in First National Bank’s name.”
Once the cheque was deposited, the bank contacted the business the next day, informing her that it was fake.
“We took the cheque to the police station and they said they cant do anything about it and the bank too said they cant do anything about,” the businesswoman lamented.
The distressed woman said it is upsetting to know that someone in need of police assistance need to beg the police to execute their duties.
The businesswoman is calling on the Commissioner of Police Severin Moncherry and the Minister of National Security Hermangild Francis to investigate ranks that are delinquent in executing their duties.