St. Croix police have released additional information on Tuesday’s smash and grab robbery of a jewelry store in the Sunny Isles Shopping Center in which three masked and armed men entered a store at 1 p.m. and demanded money and jewelry.
According to a VIPD release issued Thursday, one of the suspects got cut on his hand or arm when he used a hammer to break a glass case containing gold chains. The release notes there was blood inside the store, and blood was also found inside the vehicle the suspects used during the robbery.
The suspect who cut his hand is described to be about 5 feet 5 inches tall, with a stocky, solid build and a light complexion, possibly Hispanic. All of the suspects were almost totally covered, wearing overalls, gloves and masks.
The vehicle used in the robbery was stolen from a Glynn gas station on Aug. 29 and was recovered by officers several hours after the robbery.
St. Croix Police Chief Christopher Howell is asking for the community’s help in solving this crime.
“If you saw the vehicle, a 2010 turquoise Toyota Corolla, with one license plate (CEK893) on the front, or if you noticed someone with a recent cut or bandage on their hand, please call police and let the detectives know. We are fortunate that no one was shot or killed in this daylight robbery. Help us capture these criminals.”
Howell said the community should not rule out the possibility that the suspects could have traveled from St. Thomas or St. John to do the crime. Anyone who noticed anything suspicious at the airport or seaplane is asked to call police detectives at 712-6077 or 712-6037; or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-TIPS.