Tobago’s newly formed Tourism Oriented Police Unit (TOPU), made its first arrest this week as two persons were charged for larceny and receiving stolen goods, respectively.
Deslie Williams a 51 year old man from Bon Accord Tobago and Shervonne Abraham, a 31 year old woman from Canaan, Tobago, were taken into custody after a report of theft was lodged with the TOPU on Sunday by a 32 year old Dutch tourist at around 6:00 am. The tourist said that she discovered that her knapsack, a quantity of money and a Canon camera were missing after she left them in her vehicle that evening.
Officers of the TOPU, upon investigation, arrested and charged Williams for the offence of larceny and Abraham, for the offence of receiving stolen goods. They appeared before the Scarborough Magistrate Court yesterday, where Williams was remanded into custody until December 15 and Abraham was granted bail and ordered to reappear before the Court on February 11, 2016.
The TOPU was launched on December 1 to deal with the number of criminal activity involving foreign travelers to the island. Most recently was the double homicide of British Attorney Richard Wheeler and his Trinidadian wife, Grace Wheeler, in October. Secretary of the Division of Tourism and Transportation (DOTT) said that with the establishment of the TOPU, visitors to the island can feel comfortable about their safety, knowing that their issues will be given priority attention during their stay on the island.