BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – INEBO HENDRICKSON of Sandy Point was found guilty of armed robbery at the Basseterre High Court on Thursday (Apr. 11).
He was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) and his sentencing date is scheduled for Friday, June 7, 2019.
Hendrickson and Reynauldo Jervis Jeffers of Russell Village and also of Buckley’s Site were charged on May 27, 2016 for robbing the MoneyGram office on Port Zante of an undisclosed sum of cash on May 20, 2016.
Jeffers was granted bail in the sum of $100,000 with four conditions and Hendrickson was remanded to prison.
However, on the evening of Saturday, June 16, 2018, Jeffers was shot to death while in a parked passenger bus in College Street Ghaut.
According to a police communiqué, investigations had revealed that Jeffers, driver of the passenger bus, was seated on the driver’s side of the vehicle “when a lone gunman rode up on a bicycle and shot him multiple times”.
Reports, which reached SKNVibes at the time of the robbery, had stated that at about 8:00 a.m. on the day in question when an employee of the money transfer company had opened the door to the office, two armed men who were among five customers had rushed into the office.
They had reportedly forced the customers and the employees into an area and robbed the establishment of an undisclosed sum of cash before making good their escape in what was said to be a car in wait.
A MoneyGram release had said that images of the two robbers were caught on security cameras and were handed over to the police for reviewing of the tapes.
It also said that the robbers appeared to be between 25 and 30 years old and one of them was wearing a baseball cap with a Seattle Mariners logo, a white shirt and dark long pants, while the other was sporting a cap, a sunshades, sneakers, dark clothing and was carrying a backpack.
Commissioner of Police Ian Queeley had commended the officers who were assigned to the case and declared that technology had played a major role in its prompt solvability.
“I commend the officers for their hard work on this case. You remained vigilant and brought those responsible to the first steps of justice. The use of technology was a major contributing factor in making the quick arrest.”
“This is the second instance in recent times when the use of appropriate technology provided the police with timely and actionable information,” he added. “In view of this, I encourage the business community to invest in electronic surveillance equipment at their establishments.”