In a big heist at Dream Weekend, more than $2 million worth of phones were reportedly stolen from patrons but were later retrieved by the police.
The 4-day extravaganza in Westmoreland began on Friday and ends today, but several thieves targeted the event.
On July 31, personnel from the Negril Resorts Area Police carried out an operation of tracking the stolen gadgets, and the seizure included 16 iPhones, 2 Samsung Galaxy phones, 2 laptops, several cables and adapters, and 36 R-Sims, which are used to unlock phones.
Reports from The Gleaner state that among the items recovered, approximately J$200,000 in cash, along with 30 British Pounds was also seized.
In connection with the heist, 3 men were arrested while there is an ongoing search for 2 other individuals.
Tourism Liaison Officer Sergeant Gladstone Sealy, who was shocked by the “large haul” within only a couple of days of the event, told The Gleaner that more items are to be processed. Sealy said that it was the first time he has seen such a seizure and commended the officers on their “remarkable job”.
He also noted that in previous years of the annual summer party, there were only “one or two phones” stolen and “maybe break-in of cars”.
Patron Andrew Coombs also shared the experience of being robbed at the event. Coombs was reportedly robbed of his iPhone 13 Pro Max and he felt the situation was a nightmare.
Recounting the events to The Gleaner, he said that the matter was sad because “people spent their money to enjoy themselves, especially after the pandemic, but “these men left their homes to rob people of having a good time”.
The 3 men in custody will appear in court on Wednesday, August 3.