A resident of Morne du Don, Castries, is at a loss to explain how thieves managed to partially strip his vehicle without attracting attention.
The vehicle’s alarm was armed at the time.
The owner, who identified himself only as Andy, told St Lucia Times that neighbours awakened him Thursday morning about 6:00 am.
He said they informed him that his vehicle, which had been parked on the road the night before between 10:00 and 10:45 pm, had been tampered with.
Andy recalled that upon investigating he realised that thieves had broken into the car and had removed the bonnet, one of the doors, the fender, the visor to the passenger’s side and a sound system.
He said the thieves also removed some tools and material he used to clean the car.
Andy explained that the vehicle had a very good alarm system.
“Because I live off the road I had an alarm system that gave adequate coverage where I could open and close the vehicle – arm and disarm the alarm from my house,” the vehicle owner told St Lucia Times.
“There is a two-way remote whereby any little thing at all that triggers the alarm would be triggered on the remote, so I would be notified,” Andy stated.
But he lamented that no such thing happened.
Andy told St Lucia Times that the alarm was not triggered, leaving him puzzled as to how the thieves managed to enter the vehicle and engage in such extensive stripping of the car.
He asserted that thieves are becoming more technical in their approach to crime which is becoming more organised in Saint Lucia.
Andy observed that no one, including neighbours, heard the break in.
“Not an alarm, not the sound of equipment,” he declared.
Andy said that according to his ‘little knowledge’ of auto mechanics, it would have taken some time to strip the car to that extent.
He expressed the view that multiple individuals were involved in the crime.
“What I can gather is that these guys came prepared – they came with an objective and obviously with the necessary tools to scrap the vehicle,” the Morne Du Don resident told St Lucia Times.
He said police visited the scene Thursday morning.
Andy warned motorists that even the most secure vehicle is not immune to attack.
“To those who purchase parts that they know are from questionable sources – I would encourage them to desist from that kind of practice because it contributes to vehicles being scrapped and parts being sold for next to nothing,” he stated.