A teenage burglar was caught in the act Wednesday morning at Yorke Hill, La Clery, Castrie, after breaking into the house of a former police officer.
A law enforcement official told St Lucia Times that the youth is 15 years old.
Video recordings of the youth in handcuffs have been circulating on social media.
Former cop, Callistus Jn Louis, told St Lucia Times that the youth was handed over to the police.
He said he understands that the young man was later released into the custody of his mother because he is a juvenile.
The former cop told St Lucia Times about 3:30 am he was awakened by loud noises of “panic and crisis”.
“It was the voice of my daughter,” he recalled.
According to the former Counsellor at the Boys Training Centre (BTC), he rushed downstairs to investigate.
He said when he entered the bedroom he saw a young man in a struggle with his son in law.
Jn Louis told St Lucia Times that he assisted in restraining the youth and placed handcuffs on him.
“After we did that we observed that my daughter’s phone was missing and we also observed that there was a cutlass, a mask and a knife in the room which did not belong to the family,” he said, adding that the items must have been brought into the home by the intruder.
“We tried to talk with him – find out what was happening with him and we even prayed for him. I am just saying all of that to make sure that the necessary intervention for this boy and his family takes place,” the ex cop explained.
“It’s a symptom of something bigger – the vulnerabilities, the risk factors that exist in our communities,” Jn Louis said.
He expressed the hope that a Probation Officer would be assigned to the case and the necessary reports would be given to the courts.
Jn Louis expressed concern about the BTC.
“We know that this young man will go to Boys Training Centre and all the reports are showing from Bordelais (Correctional Facility) and other reports that there is a high recidivism rate from Boys Training Centre to Bordelais,” he noted.
Jn Louis said it is an issue that concerns him because it makes no sense sending people to the BTC and they later graduate to Bordelais Correctional Facility.
“Government needs to look into that,” he declared.
According to Jn Louis, the government needs to change its attitude and policy in regard to the BTC and relocate the facility.
He disclosed that all the consultants have expressed the view that the current BTC structure and area cannot work.
“Rehabilitation cannot take place in that environment,” Jn Louis told St Lucia Times.
“I am hoping that in the same way that they found a solution to the Sports Academy with the stroke of a pen – turn a school into what they have there; the same way they have schools that the government can do the same stroke of a pen to transform them into a male and female rehabilitation institution for boys and girls; because we know that the girls do not have a place where they can be housed,” he told St Lucia Times.
Jn Louis explained that he does not feel safer knowing that the youth who entered his home is out.
“Now I need to step up my surveillance and do what it takes to protect myself and my family,” he observed.