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Gunmen invade Cecil Charlton’s house, robs wife

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 | 12:25 PM    

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Mandeville, Manchester – Police are confirming that gunmen entered the home of former Mayor of Mandeville Cecil Charlton last Thursday and robbed his wife of jewellery and other valuables.

Reports are that at about 10:00am last Thursday, four men who had parked their vehicle at the Charlton’s residence just outside Mandeville walked into the house, which was unlocked and held Mrs Charlton at gunpoint. She was relieved of jewellery and other valuables.

Reports say an alert helper realised what was happening and locked a connecting grill door between the downstairs and upstairs section of the house. Reports say she also called the police.

The gunmen then left the house and drove away. The same four men are said to have visited the Charlton residence two days earlier, asking for someone whom they named. The men, who arose no suspicion at the time, reportedly left after being told the person they had asked for was unknown to the household.

No one was hurt in the incident and the criminals reportedly had no contact with the ailing former Mayor who was upstairs.

Word of the robbery comes amidst rising concern in Mandeville and its environs as well as wider Manchester and neighbouring St Elizabeth about what is being perceived as an upward trend in criminal activity.

Last Saturday night farmer/vendor Hopie Powell of the remote community of Tryall in South East St Elizabeth was shot dead and her husband injured by robbers just as the couple returned home from the Claremont market in St Ann.

 

Last Wednesday police in Mandeville held two men who had been allegedly involved in shooting a man they had attempted to rob in broad daylight in the Manchester Shopping Centre.

The police seized two guns in that incident.  

In recent months, two medical doctors have also been murdered in Mandeville.

On Tuesday Assistant Commissioner of Police Derrick Cochrane in charge of the Police Area Three (Clarendon, Manchester and St Elizabeth) renewed calls for public vigilance and greater public cooperation with the police to fight criminals, many of whom he said were migrating from elsewhere.

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