A senior Police Crime Unit officer today appealed for public assistance to bring the “perpetrator or perpetrators” to justice and bring an end to the recent spate of vehicle fires described as “treacherous acts”.
Speaking at a news conference held at the scene of the latest fire on Parsons Road this morning, Acting Inspector Clifford Roberts said it was still to early to tell whether the fires were linked.
But he said there have been at least fires in the Pembroke central area within the past two weeks alone.
“We have a grave concern with this because it is not the norm,” he said.
“The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) deems these incidents very serious as it affects our community. It affects our establishment businesses and it affects each and every one of us today, especially with this COVID period,” he added.
“Officers are actively pursuing all lines of inquiry to ensure that we try to get our heads above this and take this matter under control.
“At present, the incidents unofficially are unrelated as to the best of our knowledge. However, we are uncovering all stones to ensure that all lines of inquiry are followed so that we can bring this incident and these incidents to a close.
“The BPS, as well as the community deem these fire incidences serious as it puts a strain on the community as I’ve mentioned earlier.
“With the COVID situation it’s causing some serious concerns. The community at large obviously are not happy, so we are doing our great endeavours to bring this to an end,” said Mr Roberts.
“The team is investigating it, they’re working hand in hand with the Fire Department to ensure that we gather as much information, patrols are out liaising with the public. The officers are doing an extremely hard job in ensuring that we come to an end with this investigation.
“So with that in mind, we would ask the general public, please if you know anything please come forward, provide the information to assist us.
“Again, these incidences date back two weeks at least they are very serious.
“We’d like to bring the perpetrator or perpetrators to place them before the courts to ensure that you feel safe as well as we feel safe.
“I just want to point out this doesn’t just affect the BPS…it’s the community.
“I grew up in this area, I went to school in this area, I played in these playgrounds, so it does affect me as well. So we’re all affected and we want to stop this negative affect by bringing this to justice.”
Anyone with information to assist is urged to contact the police main number 295-0011 or the confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.