The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) confirmed today that an investigation is underway into another weekend attempted robbery that occurred in broad daylight at the Bargain Hunters store in Sandys.

Police say the incident occurred shortly after 2p on Saturday (Dec 31) on New Year’s Eve.

“An unknown male entered the store, brandished an unknown object and demanded the store owner hand over the cash from the cash register,” a spokesman said.

“The proprietor challenged the suspect, who ran out of the store and escaped on foot, in an easterly direction along a nearby nature trail.

“The BPS is aware that there are video clips of the incident being circulated on social media,” he added.

“While we understand that sharing the video images may appear useful in identifying a suspect, we ask that should you receive these images that you do not forward them on.”

Detective Inspector Clifford Roberts, Criminal Investigative Unit/Specialist Investigations, explained: “While you may think it helpful, please refrain from posting on social media, images or videos of possible criminal activity around homes or businesses.

“Not only can posting these images to social media lead to legal issues should a suspect be arrested and brought to court, but it may also alert a suspect that they are being sought and lead them to dispose of items such as the clothing seen in those images or, other property which could associate them with a specific crime.”

Residents, merchants and their staff were also reminded that during a robbery, your personal safety is the top priority.

“While it may be natural for you to want to protect your property or merchandise, doing so could result in you placing yourself at significant risk of serious injury or, worse,” the spokesman said.

“Instead, we advise that you adopt the following measures in order to avoid harm to yourself or others around you,” by:

•             Remain calm and do not resist

•             Make mental notes of the robber’s appearance

•             Notice what the robber does so you can include it in your report

•             After the robbery, go immediately to a safe location, then, report the crime

Anyone with information on this matter is asked to call Detective Constable Malcolm Dill, on 717-2017 or, via email mdill@bps.bm.

Or call the non-emergency reporting number 211 or, the main police number, 295-0011 or, Crime Stoppers on 800-8477.