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It wasn't me! - Security minister confirms robbery of friends at villa

It wasn't me! - Bunting does not feel threatened

BY COREY ROBINSON Observer staff reporter robinsonc@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, April 01, 2013    

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SECURITY Minister Peter Bunting yesterday attempted to allay fears that he was among a group of persons robbed at a villa in Portland on Saturday night.

At least one online news outlet reported that Bunting and a female companion were held up and robbed by thieves who brandished knives at them.

The report stated that Bunting and his companion were standing beside a pool when the incident occurred.

Yesterday, Bunting denied those reports.

"That is not true. A villa, in Portland, where I was visiting friends was burglarised and a laptop and a couple cellphones stolen. No one was robbed. I lost nothing," said Bunting.

According to the security minister, the thieves entered through a window in a back room.

"It appears that they [friends] didn't properly secure a window at a back room. By the time persons heard something and went to look they [thieves] were gone. There was no confrontation," Bunting said, noting that the items that were stolen belonged to his friends, who were American.

The police later recovered the items but made no arrests. When asked why, Bunting said: "I suspect that the investigation is ongoing and I wouldn't want to say anything to jeopardise that."

In the meantime, Bunting said he does not feel threatened by the incident.

"These persons [friends] weren't responsible for my security and I didn't feel threatened. I feel very badly for my friends; they weren't even Jamaicans," he said.

Attempts to contact Deputy Superintendent Wayne Cameron, the officer in charge of the Portland Police Division, for a comment on the incident were futile. Cameron failed to answer his cellular phone.

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