Police on St. Thomas are investigating several criminal acts that occurred recently, including two separate robberies and the arrest of a minor who was allegedly seen with drugs for sale at a school.
According to the report from the V.I. Police Department:
• On Sunday, a V.I. Lottery dealer told police that at about 4:30 p.m. that day she was seated outside the Cockpit in Estate Nadir selling lottery when an armed male approached her and demanded her handbag. She said the suspect was dressed in a blue T-shirt, long blue jeans and black sneakers and had a brown and black handgun pointed at her. The victim said the suspect took her purse containing cash, V.I. Lottery tickets and personal identification documents.
• Also on Sunday, another victim told police he was robbed while inside the Max Mart in Nisky Center. He said that about 4:30 p.m. a man with a mask covering his face came into the store, pointed a gun at him and demanded money.
The victim said he took money out of the cash register and gave it to the suspect who then left the store.
Police are searching for the suspects in both cases.
• On Monday, police held a 14-year-old minor in protective custody after he was allegedly seen by a police officer on the Edith Williams Alternative Academy campus with at least three small plastic bags of what was field tested to be marijuana.
Police said school officials were conducting a random search when a school resource officer saw the student acting in a suspicious manner and said the student was seen with the marijuana in his possession.
The minor will appear before the Juvenile Court for his advice of rights.