Security company had lost certification for firearms use prior to reported theft of 19 guns

More details have emerged regarding the reported theft last week of 19 firearms from the office of a St. James businessman who operates a security company.

Sources close to the investigation revealed that the owner, who's also the managing director of the security company, had experienced a downturn in business, which resulted in the non-certification of firearms users permit by the Firearms Licensing Authority for security guards assigned to the company.

According to police reports, sometime on May 23 or 24 thieves gained entry to an office located at Ironshore Industrial estate, in St. James.

Investigators say the thieves gained entry by forcibly removing internal and external padlocks. The metal safe containing the firearms and ammunition was reportedly forced open and the contents stolen

The businessman, whose name is being withheld, told investigators that, prior to the break-in, checks had revealed that the weapons and other items were intact.

He said, however, that on his return on Friday May 24, about 6 pm, he noticed that the office had been burglarised. The metal safe containing 19 firearms and ammunition had reportedly been forced open and the contents stolen.

Three motorbikes, two desktop computers and the recording device attached to the CCTV system, were also reportedly stolen.

A set of latent fingerprints and DNA swabs were taken.

The missing items have been valued at four million dollars.



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