Tuesday 20 November, 2018

22-yr-old cop charged with stealing bulletproof vests, guns

22-year-old police constable, Marlon Baptiste, appeared before a Couva Magistrate on Friday charged with stealing police-issued bulletproof vests and firearms. 

Baptiste, of Remy Trace, Penal Rock Road, was charged by Inspector Rudolph Bhagwandeen on Thursday with three counts of larceny involving the theft of two police-issued bulletproof vests and three firearm holsters.

According to a statement issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), on Monday January 29, officers of the Princes Town CID had cause to stop a black Mazda pick-up van with three male occupants around 3:30 pm along Ramlal Trace, Barrackpore.

One man tried to escape from the vehicle carrying a back bag but was caught a short distance away. Upon searching the bag, officers found two bullet-proof vests. Three men were arrested in connection with the find.

Police then searced the suspect's Penal home and also found three Sig Sauer holsters with the markings ‘Couva TTPS’ on them.

Nothing was found at the homes of the other two men, and they were subsequently released.

The items recovered matched the description of two bulletproof vests which were reported missing between December 2016 and February 2017 and November 2017 and January 2018 by two officers attached to the Couva Police Station.

The holsters were discovered missing during an inventory check at the station in January 2018.

PC Baptiste was a probationer at the time of arrest and with the charges, he faces suspension from the service, pending the outcome of the matter before the court.