‘Monkey’ Charged For Stealing Customs Officer’s Gun

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Police have arrested and charged Francis Lalanne alias ‘Monkey’, in connection with the theft of a gun belonging to a female Customs Officer.

Police spokeswoman, Anne Joseph, told a news conference Tuesday that the Customs Officer’s vehicle was broken into and the weapon taken.

Joseph explained that the firearm was among five recovered by the police within a period of 48 hours.

She said the Customs Officer’s weapon was recovered on Sunday after police officers went to a location in Corinth, Gros Islet.

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Joseph said the officers from the Gros Islet station conducted a search on Lalanne when the firearm was found.

Lalanne, known to be a repeat offender,  was charged with possession of the weapon and ammunition and theft.

He has been remanded in custody until August 27, 2020.

On Saturday in Gros Islet,  a police patrol along the Rodney Bay main road recovered a .380 Taurus revolver with four rounds of ammunition.

Police say they found the illegal weapon and ammunition during a search of a vehicle.

It’s five occupants:Jean Claude Leonce, 20, of Trouya, Gros Islet,  Stephanie Poluis, 20, of  Riviere Mitan, Gros Islet,  Tyler Mc Donald, 23, of La Feuille, Gros Islet, Danis Stephen, 26,  of La Feuille, Gros Islet and Saric Leo, 20, of Monchy, Gros Islet, were all charged for unlawful possession of the firearm and ammunition.

They were remanded in custody until September 9, 2020.

In Babonneau on Sunday officers  arrested Kiever Melius, a 35 year old resident of Garrand, Babonneau after a patrol searched a vehicle and found a .45 pistol with three rounds of ammunition.

Melius was charged and a bail application is pending while he remains in custody at the Babonneau police station.

Marigot police charged Gavin Jn Baptiste of La Croix Maingot  with possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition after detaining him on Saturday.

Police spokeswoman Anne Joseph told reporters that Jn Baptiste was searched and a 40 calibre Smith and Wesson pistol, plus a magazine with two rounds of ammunition were recovered.

Officers on patrol in Marchand, Castries, found a 9 mm Taurus pistol in a ‘public area’ on Saturday.

No one has been arrested in connection with that discovery.

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