Informants could be in the money if Saint Lucia’s National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, his his way.
“I am going to roll out a plan – we want the informants, persons who know people who have firearms; give that information to the Commissioner of Police or to myself as the minister and we are going to compensate them when those firearms are found,” Francis told Hot 7 News Tuesday night.
The former Deputy Police Commissioner spoke against the backdrop of an armed robbery on Sunday of a Chinese restaurant on Brazil Street by two young men, one armed with a knife and the other with a handgun.
The robbery at the Sea Town restaurant was caught on tape and the CCTV footage was released on social media.
Francis issued a warning to young men who engage in such criminal acts.
“I want to tell these young people that there’s a song that says that a lot of the young people that are doing these crimes are poor. So I would advise them to sell the guns. Bring the guns in and get money for it instead of using the guns to go and do the nonsense that they are doing there,” the minister told Hot 7 News.
“They are going to get hurt,” he warned.
He explained that there could have been a trained civilian or police officer in the restaurant on Sunday hen the armed robbery took place and the two intruders could have died.
“It is not going to end well. They may be successful on on or two occasions, but eventually they will get killed and it is not worth it,” he told Hot 7 News.
“I am asking those young persons to stop getting involved in criminal activities – those brazen acts of criminality because there is going to be reprisals for them.”
Francis said once the police carry out their duties lawfully, they have his backing.
He declared that there are individuals in Saint Lucia who do not want to work and want easy money, using any means necessary to obtain cash.
The former law enforcement official observed that the Criminal Code of Saint Lucia gives the police and every citizen the right to defend themselves and stop crime.
He also noted that the law allows for the use of deadly force.