firm warning to Grenadians to be on the lookout for possible fake business dealers parading the streets of Grenada, as thousands of dollars worth of gold confiscated over the last week have been displayed for possible identification.
Head of Communication Relation Department of the Royal Grenada Police ASP Sylvan Mc Intyre, addressed members of the media during a short briefing at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in St George’s on Tuesday.
Some nine pounds of gold with a street value of close to fifty thousand dollars were put on display for possible identification by person who might have lost valuable pieces of gold recently. He said the RGPF would do all in its power to ensure that persons doing business on the island are legitimate and those who are not, would be brought to justice.
According to Mc Intyre, presently the RGPF cannot say definitively that the items put on display are in fact stolen items, however he added that the items were about to be transported off the island and the red flag was raised. As a responsible unit, they felt it was necessary to confiscate the items and give persons who might have had their jewelry stolen an opportunity to recover those items with proper identification.
This Mc Intyre said came in light of the growing complaints made to various departments of the RGPF about stolen jewelry in recent times, it is the hope that once those items can be identified as stolen, then those responsible can be brought to justice.
Among the items put on display last Friday were necklaces, wrist and ankle bands, school rings, and earrings among others. To-date no one has been officially arrested, however Mc Intyre said a full investigation is ongoing to determine the legitimacy of the gold trade, and whether those involved in the business are in-fact genuine business dealers.
Persons making any claim for those items Mc Intyre said need to walk with proper identification, must show proof of ownership, positively identify their items by any marks, etc. before any of the items are handed over.
When asked whether there was any correlation with the recent Cash for Gold business and the displayed items Mc Intyre said at the moment the RGPF is not in a position to make a firm determination, however he noted that RGPF is following a trend where persons who are non-nationals have been seen conducting business on the island posing as legitimate business people, he is therefore warning Grenadians to be mindful of who they engage to conduct business, as such action can have serious consequences.