Police Have Images Of Looters; Price Gouging Condemned

BVI Platinum News | September 12, 2017 4:17 pm MDT
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Many persons who have been looting businesses, following Hurricane Irma, have been caught on camera, and Premier Hon. Dr. D. Orlando Smith has assured that they will be prosecuted.

"Let me quickly address the concern of looting that has been going on. We are working closely with the police and community to identify individuals. The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force has received images from various residents of persons in the act of looting and with stolen goods," he said.

He said, "We will be prosecuting those individuals. Such acts do not represent who we are as a community and we will not stand for it."

Premier Smith said that these acts greatly hamper recovery efforts and negatively affects the businesses that they will have to rely on to provide jobs, offer services and support the rebuilding of the community.

Price Gouging

Meanwhile, the Finance Minister also complained about the price gouging by some businesses.

"We have also been monitoring price gouging by some businesses and I am strongly appealing to those businesses to exercise better industry and community relations, as residents seek goods and services to get the Virgin Islands quickly back to normalcy," Premier Smith lamented.

He continued, "Our government fully understands the importance of ensuring that we quickly begin the arduous task of rebuilding our Territory, and so I have begun daily meetings with essential arms of our economy, social and civic make-up, so that we can work quickly to get the Virgin Islands back to normalcy."
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