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STEELPAN BANDITS TARGET EXODUS... and Captain waits 5 hours for police action

by Sharmain Baboolal

It was robbery, just before dawn at the Exodus Steel Orchestra, on the Eastern Main Road where two young men, who may have been armed, walked into the panyard demanded the keys for the band room and then stole two tenor pans and one double tenor.
They’re worth more than TT$20,000.
Five hours after the robbery occurred- and was reported to the police, the captain of the Exodus Steel Orchestra, Julie Williams, was awaiting a visit from the cops.
The Emergency Response 999 said they passed on the report to Tunapuna and Tunapuna said it was passed on to the St Joseph station. A few hours ago they said they would have been here in half an hour,” Williams said.
But when I called the St Joseph Police Station to inquire about the delay, anonymously, the Sergeant on duty seemed unaware of the robbery which occurred, incidentally, in the midst of the Eastern Region preliminary round for the Single Pan bands which started last night and continues tonight.
“I have not seen them as yet,” Captain Williams said as she waited with her other witness to the robbery, Archie.
It was shortly before 5 AM when Williams and Archie went to the panyard to collect items she had intended to lend to St George’s College in Barataria which is hosting a fundraiser Movie Night tonight.
“Archie came with the keys to meet me.
“After I drove in, Archie went up to the small gate and while he was there I opened my car trunk and started removing things and taking it upstairs.
“Then I saw two men approach as if they were walking out of the panyard, which was strange because we had just opened the gate.
“I opened my mouth and they started running out to Auzonville Road (next to the panyard)
“Next thing I know is because they returned to the yard with one man with his hand on his chest like he was holding a firearm.
“And he ordered: “Don’t move”. The other man threatened to beat me up.
“I have no money”, Julie told the young man and in her fright even offered “they have money upstairs”.
But they specifically asked for the keys to the band room gate
“I had an old key and I threw it for them and started to run because I am not playing with my life.
She ran up the incline on to the Main Road and kept running leaving her car open with the keys.. and even her phone.
But the young men were not interested in that. They came for the pans.
They took a double tenor and two tenor pans and passed “below the river” on their way out, Julie explained, adding that it must have been the way they entered the yard from the back when they were first spotted.
“A homeless man said he saw them walking with the pans but he did not know if they had guns and he saw them get into a silver wagon on Auzonville Road.
The pans are permanently marked, engraved with the Exodus name- and a number- on both sides of the instrument and should be easily identified.
So there is a call for the steelpan community to be on the lookout for the instruments.

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how absolutely awful. just shows the level of humanity in T&T.

The steelbands and it's music have helped to relieve pressure and raise the standard of life for those who are stressed. Music is a must in life.

Sing to the Lord. Slugs, that 's what those two slimey characters in male form are. They need putting in suitable accomodation. 

I cannot agree with TTPS for their lack of response.  Have no other words to express my disgust at the same level as the tiefs.

 

 

A case of PASSING the BUCK...

Five hours after the robbery occurred- and was reported to the police, the captain of the Exodus Steel Orchestra, Julie Williams, was awaiting a visit from the cops.
The Emergency Response 999 said they passed on the report to Tunapuna and Tunapuna said it was passed on to the St Joseph station. A few hours ago they said they would have been here in half an hour,” Williams said.
But when I called the St Joseph Police Station to inquire about the delay, anonymously, the Sergeant on duty seemed unaware of the robbery which occurred, incidentally, in the midst of the Eastern Region preliminary round for the Single Pan bands which started last night and continues tonight.
“I have not seen them as yet,” Captain Williams said as she waited with her other witness to the robbery, Archie.

Nobody Eh Call ( Lisa Roberts 2018)

odw: I love that CALYPSO. I put it up more than once on THIS FORUM when it came out.

Do you know VS NAIPAUL said: "It is only in CALYPSO that THE TRINIDADIAN touches REALITY."

Well, something to that extent. Ah going and listen to that CALYPSO AGAIN!!!

(All this noise people making about TWO PAN that get TIEF -- like allyuh doh read about ALL THE CRIME IN TRINIDAD or what? Check out the GUARDIAN and the commentary that goes on below each article on THE LATEST CRIME!!! Political polarization should be a CRIME, too)

Thanks for the song!!!

Police engine on stall

Because NOBODY EH CALL (Great Couplet!!!)

But when EXODUS CALL

The POLICE STILL EH COME AT ALL

Mighty Chalkdust - Ah doh Rhyme

So sad.

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