We want to commend the witness, whoever she is, who came forward in the Western Union robbery case to help identify the suspects.
This happens too infrequently in the Virgin Islands. Time and time again criminals are allowed to continue their sprees of crime, violence and intimidation because people are afraid to tell the police what they know.
Unfortunately it is only when people are willing to assist our law enforcement authorities that criminals can be caught and, more importantly, prosecuted and incarcerated.
We understand how hard it is in a community this small to rise above the fear and misplaced sense of loyalty, especially in an atmosphere of mistrust of the police.
It is for that reason that we applaud this brave woman for her courage. We hope she will be an inspiration to others who could help solve some longstanding crimes in the community if they would only do what she has done: get past their fear and help the police put the perpetrators behind bars.