Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 13th 2014 Contents Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne
has stamped his name in the
minds of citizens of South
Trinidad after making a huge
breakthrough in the fight against
crime there this week.
Alleyne and his Crime Watch
team ventured to Marabella after
receiving confidential information
about weapons and drugs.
Alleyne forwarded the informa-
tion to Sgt Ian Ribero and his
Southern Division Task Force team.
Ribero and his men met Alleyne
at Bayshore Road, in the squatting
community along the old train line,
and Alleyne gave the police the
information he had.
After searching a swampy area
at the back of a house owned by
a fisherman for almost an hour,
police found a pigtail bucket with
1.3 kilograms of marijuana, with a
street value of more than $300,000,
a .357 magnum revolver and a .38
revolver. Another bucket with a
grenade was found shortly after
and bomb experts were called in.
Police subsequently arrested the
fisherman, who claimed he did not
know how the drugs and weapons
came to be on his property. Police
said he had previously been arrested
on a drug possession charge along
with two other men who are now
Alleyne also sent the warning at
"watch how you flex when you
flexing," as he boldly called out a
Coast Guard officer and an
unknown man from Westmoorings
who were providing the illegal items
to the suspect.
In another case, Alleyne assisted
a street vendor from Arima who
was allegedly being "taxed" money
by police in Arima.
When he refused to pay because
he did not have any money, the
police allegedly told him to pack
up and leave. When he moved
across the road, the three policemen
allegedly slammed him into a rail-
ing, handcuffed him and started
sticking their hands into his pockets
searching for money.
They found $1300 and medica-
tion he had for his kidney. They
also took the clothes he was selling.
The police then arrested him. On
the way to the station, the vendor
said, they allegedly told him if he
spoke about the money and items
they had taken they would send
his medication to be tested to see
if it was cocaine. He was charged
and appeared in court, and the
police allegedly threatened him.
Alleyne found this to be a grave
injustice and put the man in touch
with attorney Larry Lalla.
Alleyne also this week aired
footage of a bandit stealing more
than $45,000 worth of equipment
at Arima Old Road. He called on
the public for information on the
whereabouts of the suspect wanted
in connection with the robbery.
The Crime Watch host is also
investigating a case where John
Thorne, 73, has gone missing.
Thorne was not seen or heard from
after leaving his Strobus Avenue,
D Abadie, home last week. He was
heading to Enterprise, Chaguanas,
to collect rent money at the time.
His family has been trying to
make contact with him since then,
but his cellphone is switched off.
The family subsequently made a
report at the Chaguanas Police Sta-
tion, soon after leaving the station
they saw Thorne s vehicle in
Chaguanas and took pictures of the
vehicle and the man driving it. The
vehicle is a gold Suzuki, licence
number PCA 7240. Alleyne aired
footage of an Afro-Trinidadian man
entering the vehicle at an undis-
He has passed the information
on to Sr Supt Johnny Abraham and
asked Thorne s family to liaise with
Abraham as investigations contin-
ue.Suspects meanwhile broke into
a home at 107 Main Road, Fanny
Village, Point Fortin, and stole an
undisclosed sum of money and
jewelry. After the footage was aired
the public began calling in with
information about suspects.
Alleyne is now seeking the pub-
lic s assistance in accurately iden-
tifying the men.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, September 13, 2014
Alleyne leads cops to weapon, drug stash
The two guns, a grenade and marijuana seized by members of the Southern Division Task Force on Tuesday, after
Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne led them to a house at the old train line in Marabella. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Alleyne was able to find
Junior Matichakan, who has
five warrants out for his
arrest in connection with
unpaid child maintenance, at
his home. However,
Matichakan told Ian, "I fixed
my business after seeing
myself on Crime Watch."
Amy Gittens, who suffers
from Alzheimer's, is missing.
Anyone who may know
Amy's whereabouts is asked
to contact Barbie at 776-
6018, Yolande at 770-0875
or Ian Alleyne at 294-4081
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