Police have arrested two suspects in connection with an early Thursday morning burglary at the Entrepot Secondary school. Reports indicate that one of the men, said to be in his twenties, injured himself in a bid to escape by jumping over the school fence.
The Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) confirmed that it dispatched an ambulance to the scene.
According to law enforcement officials, officers from the Marchand Police Station responded to a burglary report at the school about 3:40 a.m. and arrested the two suspects. Principal Arthur Scott praised the swift response of the police.
He said he was alerted to a break-in at the school and observed that the police responded quickly and apprehended two of the three suspects.
Scott disclosed that Entrepot Secondary has been on ‘high alert’ because of a spate of school burglaries.
“There was a previous attempt at our school about two weeks ago in the early hours of Monday morning, but they were chased, and it seems we continue to be a target,” he explained.
Scott described the situation as sad and a testimony to the state of mind of some unconscionable people who have no concern about taking care of organisations that work in the best interests of this country’s children.
“I mean, what would we have at a school that would cause you to come and break-in, rampage, and do all kinds of mayhem at a school that is designed to help our children get a better education?”
The Entrepot Secondary School Principal said he had spoken with security staff who were on duty at the time.
He said they had been able to follow the procedures and alert the police while securing themselves from harm.
In December 2018 a security guard at the school sustained severe injuries in an attack by bandits.
“He is still at home, and he is not really able to move about,” Scott disclosed.