POLICE yesterday locked down several parts of Beetham Gardens and executed a search warrant at the house where a phone belonging to 25-year-old son of Finance Minister Colm Imbert was found.
No one was in the house at the time of the police search but warrants are to be issued for the arrest of two suspects.
Around 4pm yesterday officers led by head of the Port of Spain CID Acting Snr Supt Ajith Persad and including Supt Hercules and Inspectors Powder and Brown, Sgt Austin and others searched the Beetham house for the stolen items but were only able to recover the cellphone. The victim’s wallet was not recovered.
Following the seizure and recovery of the phone the victim was expected to be contacted last night to be told that police had been successful in their efforts to recover the handset.
Port of Spain CID along with other officers had been working around the clock since Friday last to recover the stolen items which was taken from the minister’s son. Yesterday Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of crime Irwin Hackshaw commended the officers for recovering the phone in record time and he said they demonstrated the new and improved brand of policing.
Last Friday around 2.30pm Adrian Colm Imbert, was driving his white Hilux pickup along the Eastern Main Road, Laventille when upon reaching near Espinet Street the pickup stalled stalled. Imbert contacted his mechanic for assistance and was awaiting his arrival when two men pretended to be mechanics and offered to assist. However they announced a hold up and robbed Imbert of a Samsung cellphone valued $5,000 and a wallet containing an undisclosed amount of cash. Following the robbery Imbert was able to contact relatives who took him to the Besson Street Police Station where a report was made.
Between Friday and yesterday several areas in Beetham were searched. Newsday attempted to contact Colm Imbert via cellphone but received a constant busy tone.
Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams was informed about the recovery of the phone as well as National Security Minister Edmund Dillon.