The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has made a significant breakthrough in its investigations into recent burglaries, thefts, and other offences targeting commercial and residential properties.

The efforts have led to the arrest of two males: 21-year-old Kie-Andre Williams of McNamara and 19-year-old Jehkhalibbah Williams of Free Bottom.

In a press release, the RVIPF detailed that the duo has been jointly charged with a series of offences ranging from Burglary to Criminal Trespass, connected to separate incidents that occurred in April and May 2024.

The police also indicated that additional charges might be forthcoming. During several search operations at the premises occupied by the two men, officers recovered various stolen items, including a vehicle.

“Members of the RVIPF conducted several search operations at premises occupied by both men and recovered various items believed to have been stolen from residences and businesses in the territory. A missing sport utility vehicle was among the properties recovered by the police. Detectives expect to prefer additional charges on the men in the coming days,” the RVIPF stated.

Both Kie-Andre and Jehkhalibbah Williams are familiar faces in the legal system. Jehkhalibbah was recently arrested and charged with Wounding and Criminal Damage two months ago. In October 2023, he faced charges for the unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply.

Kie-Andre, on the other hand, was previously charged with two counts of Burglary and Breach of Curfew in 2021 and was granted bail of $20,000 at the time.

The RVIPF continues to urge the public to provide any information regarding burglaries. Residents are encouraged to contact the Crime Stoppers line at 800-8477 (TIPS) or the RVIPF Intelligence Unit at 368-9339.

“No matter how seemingly insignificant, every piece of information could help advance the ongoing investigation. All information will be kept confidential,” the RVIPF added.

This significant development marks a step forward in tackling the rise in property crimes in the territory, as the police remain vigilant in their efforts to ensure the safety and security of residents and businesses.