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Flying Squad charges 5 for gold bars robbery

Published:Wednesday | January 23, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Senior Superintendent of Police Cornwall Ford, head of the Flying Squad, is heaping praise on his team after they arrested five persons, including a police constable, in connection with a $50-million robbery last month.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force said in a release yesterday that the Flying Squad arrested and charged the five persons for various offences following an investigation into the incident in which gold bars valued at approximately $50 million were stolen from a businessman in downtown Kingston.

Constable Dane Grant, Jerome Simpson, Trevor Hunter and Sheldon Allen have been charged for illegal possession of firearm contrary to section 20 (1) of the Firearms Act; robbery with aggravation contrary to section 37 (1) of the Larceny Act; shooting with intent contrary to section 20 of the Offences against the Person Act and conspiracy to rob contrary to common law.

The fifth person, Maurice Morris, is charged for the offence of misprison of felony contrary to the common law.

Ford said that during the robbery one of the robbers was shot and killed and another was shot and injured. The man who was shot and injured was later caught by the police and is among those charged.

"This is a very challenging case involving many different leads, yet we were able to investigate and make the arrests. The police constable was taken to court yesterday (Monday) where he was remanded in custody," Ford said.

"I would like to publicly praise the team from the Flying Squad, the National Intelligence Bureau, the Organised Crime Investigation Division and the Kingston Central Police for the good work done thus far," Ford said.

The matter is still under active investigation.