Police Have Images Of Looters; Price Gouging Condemned

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September 12, 2017 6:17 pm AST
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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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Disaster thieves
One set of business take advantage of people everytime we have a disaster. "Gas Stations"Disaster after Disaster they doing it and getting away with it....its no secret. Before the storm it was $3.00 plus. After the Storm its about $5.00. Why?
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John
It is quite disturbing to hear the stories of the looting and crime that is taking place in Tortola. There is a local element that is very scary. I have friends that escaped the island in fear of their lives. Living through Irma was one thing, your life is at risk staying on the island. If you have anything, someone with a gun or knife will be taking it from you. Very Concerning.
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Marilee Boyd Meyer
after you steal it, where are you going to put it?
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My Goodness
How about the looters of homes outside Road Town? Are the police/military covering outlying areas?
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BVI
Its disheartening to hear about the looting and price gouging, yet I am not surprised. These looters from what I heard are not BVIslanders hence they all need to be deported at the earliest convenience. Those who increasing the price of their goods are alse heartless. In the midst of suffering they are taking advantage of this. Shameful shameful shameful...
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Yeah Right
Some are BVIslanders. Stop being biased now!!!! They are alllllll wrong
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Wickedness
Premier, tell the hoteliers to stop killing the poor people with these exorbitant rates. Poor people lost their roofs, have no where to stay and instead they show empathy and compassion, they have their rates up and refuse to budge. Like they taking disaster to make the money they didn't make for the past 8 months. Shame on them!!!!
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Apple
Simply Deliious. Good Job Never get so much food for my $10.00. Crandals. Now the Patties get Bigger. Good Job..BnF helping people out with their Medicine from their Varanda some with out or cant find their prescriptions.Good Job..These are a few good things I saw .. But the gas stations. omg. Bad..
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Bvi gone crazy
Like really people the same way people lost thier home these people lost thier homes as well and to lose thier business as well cuz people like them don't care that is not fair they should be deported out the country!
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Yup
I agree
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