UPDATE: Robbery at Sukie’s gas station

The scene of the robbery on Monday morning.
The scene of the robbery on Monday morning.

When an attendant who works at the Sukie’s Gas Station left her home on Monday morning, she never envisioned that she would be encountering a masked armed robber at her workplace.

Between the hours of 9:00 and 10:00 am, a lone robber with a helmet and a mask on a grey scooter, entered the station, held up the female gas attendant and robbed the establishment.

When DNO arrived on the scene shortly after the incident, the attendant was traumatized and visibly shaking and could not give an interview but proprietor Hubert ‘Sukie’ Winston gave his version of what occurred.

He said he was working in a nearby apartment building when he saw a group of people at the front of the gas station staring in the direction of Bath Road, which runs parallel to the Newtown Savannah.

“So I turn and I am watching and I saw nothing,” Winston related. “So then I was just walking parallel to the area, and someone said, ‘come awhile, come awhile we just had an armed robbery there.'”

He said upon investigation he realized what actually took place.

According to Winston the robbery was cut short when a bus pulled into the station to conduct business. “It’s only when a bus came in for fuel that it changed the whole scenario,” he stated.

He noted that the lone robber had a mask and a helmet, but apparently left evidence behind which he said will work in favor of investigators.

When asked whether he had an idea of how much money was stolen, Winston said that the robber got away with some funds but a calculation has to be done to get the precise amount. “I can’t say,” he stated. “It has to be calculated so we can come up with a total because everything is precisely monitored.”

He said the station is under camera surveillance at all times and this will also help investigators in the matter.

Winston noted the attendant is traumatized since a gun was used in the robbery and she was forced to lie on the floor while the robber locked the doors. “She had no control of her self,” he noted. “They just commanded her to do what they would like her to do.”

Meanwhile an eye witness, who owns a business in the area, told DNO that a man, who possibly is the robber, was seen monitoring the area often and was seen actually entering the gas station on many occasions.

Another man who works nearby said he too is traumatized because of the close proximity of the incident to his workplace.

According to the official police report at 9:30 am a man wearing a motorcycle helmet entered the gas station to collect change after purchasing an item.

The attendant was robbed of money at gunpoint while at the cash register, and then made his escape on a scooter which was parked nearby.

Thereafter, the police found the scooter and a helmet not far away from the petrol station.

The matter is under investigation.

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55 Comments

  1. screw-peg
    August 27, 2013

    its time new legislation be put in force,”firing squard”there are alot of people including me,who would do it free.

  2. Runawayslave
    August 27, 2013

    Sukie! you do that to?Well allay salpet,you not going to make it too long.because this man work hard for his money.

  3. anonymous2
    August 27, 2013

    I bet he switched his license plate on the scooter.

  4. MAHAUT
    August 27, 2013

    I believe the government should commit themselves to building a forensic lab on the island. There are many Dominican students who are and has studied Criminal Forensic Science at John Jay and Monroe college, who can get the job done. Also, when the new ID cards are issued finger printing should be done and a database kept for these criminal activities and even cold case ID. In todays day and age we need to be more precise.

  5. C Winston
    August 26, 2013

    Doh mess with Sukie, that person better just own up because it will be worse for him. Sukie is a hard working man and you robbing him, gas has no profit my brother its just a convenience for us the consumers, so before you start smelling alive just bring back the man money.

  6. afraid
    August 26, 2013

    miss i know how you feel cause i was once robbed at gun point too and it is just not a nice feeling.I went through some sleepless nights.But u will get over it just tell yourself it could have been worse.Thank the lord for sending his angels to watch over you and for protecting you from harm and danger.The money he took has already finish so am sure he is brokes already.

  7. rightous
    August 26, 2013

    maybe charging people ten dollars extra for gas just because the line was long and it past the closing time caused that

  8. Anonymous
    August 26, 2013

    :( :(

  9. blackman NET
    August 26, 2013

    Look Life……..but people need to understand that crime is Increasing exponentially in Dominica….the most i can say and will say is buy all you Gun because just now they will be coming into peoples houses…..Thank God the young lady wasn’t hurt….but having a gun pointed in your face is not an easy thing to deal with Trust Me….I know……But Most Importantly don’t take threats likely and Protect yourselves at all Times….Cause like micheal Jackson said…” They don’t really care about us”…….Peace

  10. Shameless
    August 26, 2013

    Everybody getting emotional and saying what police should do to him/ her/ them when they get caught. But when police daycarlay them allu the same people will cry POLICE BRUTALITY. Remember the Corbette case? All of you now want Corbette head on a silver platter. I myslef doh want no officer to be judge and jury. Arrest and prosecute is the only way to deal with criminals under our laws the last time I checked. But…”Change Must Come” and sooner rather than later.

    Assertive, NOT Agressive!

  11. Danny Welbeck
    August 26, 2013

    police burning all the weed , all man brokes so………guess they finding other ways and means…….

    • HIM
      August 26, 2013

      GO INTO THE FIRE FOR YOUR SHARE. YOU ARE STUPID MAN. Not to let them man bust all that man.

  12. Anonymous
    August 26, 2013

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm :oops:

  13. NO NEED TO KNOW
    August 26, 2013

    things only going to get worst , with all these call center employees they let go, plus these who cant get any work just look out soon. robbery, and drug trafficking going to be on the rise

    • yes i
      August 26, 2013

      so what you are saying is if i lose my job crime is the answer.

  14. ?
    August 26, 2013

    what is going on in this place? not only is it high way robbery but big broad day too!

  15. Miss Remie
    August 26, 2013

    is they alone that working hard

  16. dr who
    August 26, 2013

    guys will be caught and released on bail..100% pure dominica

  17. Tri-State Beauty
    August 26, 2013

    When the authorities catch that thief they must teach him a life lesson. I can’t even begin to imagine what trauma that poor woman is going through. Don’t want to work hard, just rob people and put lives at risk for a free pay day. Sickening.

  18. Jack D.
    August 26, 2013

    mr dem mad to tek d jumbie $$$$ just wat and see how quick dem a go catch d teef…. d jumbie don’t play by his bobs.

  19. marion
    August 26, 2013

    anyone caught robbing should have one hand cut off.

    • ?
      August 26, 2013

      WOW! TOO GRUESOME MAN. Give them good jail term.

    • dr who
      August 26, 2013

      can you imagine how many one-handed guys would walk in Roseau or cruise on their scooters:)?

      • .
        August 26, 2013

        You call them ‘BOO TOO’…. Every single day at least 5 to 6 BOO TOO in Dominica.

      • long hair
        August 26, 2013

        starting with skerro!

      • me
        August 27, 2013

        LOL

  20. John Paul
    August 26, 2013

    I hope this Parliament gets off it’s fat Laurels and makes Video and Photographs acceptable as evidence soon!If they dont then I can only say the Politicians dont want such evidence when they end up in front a Judge to be used against them.
    What Say Mr. Skeritt what is the hold up? 21 -3 I dont think UWP would stand in the way

    • speechless
      August 26, 2013

      I think DNo should take a poll on this one. For persons to vote for video and photographs to be used and acceptable as evidence. There are persons trained and can be trained in these fields to ensure transparency and legit evidence! Ensure that there was no photoshoping etc. But in the case of security cameras then they speak for themselves.

      • ok
        August 26, 2013

        Dno anly take polls about skeritt.

    • Sylvester Cadette
      August 26, 2013

      Let me humbly respond. There is in fact legislation passed by Parliament accepting video and other forms of electronic evidence – It’s called the ELECTRONIC EVIDENCE ACT. I think it was not just passed but promulgated (brought into effect).It covers the forms of electronic evidence and the mode and procedural guidance for the presentation of such evidence before a Court of law.

      I humbly and respectfully hope this is of some assistance or guidance.

      • speechless
        August 26, 2013

        Thanks for the information

      • Past Warner student
        August 26, 2013

        i hope too that there is a law permitting the bugging of people phones as this practice is on going. just mind someone do sue the government.

      • Sylvester Cadette
        August 26, 2013

        I DO NOT WANT TO SOUND LIKE KNOW IT ALL BECAUSE I’m not but

        There is also legislation already developed under the EU Funded SFA ICT Project (2008-2009)which speaks to “Unlawful Interception of Communication”. I think its called THE INTERCEPTION OF COMMUNICATIONS BILL. It was further enhanced under the on-going E -Government for Regional Integration Project (EGRIP).

        So unlawful interception (unlawful tapping/bugging) is addressed by legislation. I need to double-check whether the developed legislation was finally passed and promulgated (brought into effect)

      • John Paul
        August 26, 2013

        Mr. Cadette I heard that the Police were trained and all but I did not hear that Parliament actually passed the act .If So I am very glad to hear it ,Hopefully this will be a game changer in favour of law enforcement

      • "O" STRESS"
        August 26, 2013

        Sing, sing, Sgt do not allow them to,forget you. Nothing wrong with that family.

  21. ______________
    August 26, 2013

    Sukies money is HARD EARNED MONEY. Do not do him that please. Police be vigilant and look out for these guys.

  22. Anonymous
    August 26, 2013

    Proverbs 22:6 (KJV)Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

    The generation before this is partly responsible for the madness happening now. We need to ask ourselves- where have we as a society gone wrong We speak of abortion in our homes like it is not big deal, yet we do not expect our children to commit murder; we condone receiving money with no explanation from those above us, and we expect our kids to question those who offer them money. We accept things that should be given to others- in other words we take things or steal from those it rightfully belongs to (things meant for the poor are in the hands of those who can afford), and we don’t expect our kids to do the say. We live a life of double standards. For this and coming generations to get better we as adults need to stand up and LIVE WHAT WE PREACH.

  23. hmmm
    August 26, 2013

    :(

  24. smh
    August 26, 2013

    what gets me mad is the fact that when he is found a lawyer is gonna say be lenient on him he has been coperating. smdh. that is why crime will not stop they already know they will get away with little to pay. that is why i want them to rob all those lawyers that putting hand in fire for those bastards.

    • marion
      August 26, 2013

      love it

  25. Morne Bruce
    August 26, 2013

    These sort of crime will continue to happen , when the young men see how easy it is that others have committed crimes in Dominica and have gotten away with it.
    Never in Miss. Charles days would that happen! Even if you were Freedom, labour or UWP, you were treated the same way infornt of the Law.
    She never used to call Magistrates or the Police to ask for a break for someone who had done a criminal act.
    My Dominican People, how can we grown men and women seat idle by and allow this to happen.?? It is time to Stand up and speak out.
    Today it is Sukkie, but tomorrow it could be any one of us highty tighties.

    • Know your history
      August 26, 2013

      The same Ma Charles who fired Gon Emanuel for being too tough, please get a life and try to understand what really is happening!

      • >>>>>>>>>>
        August 26, 2013

        @ Know your history YOU ARE CORRECT. Yes she was the same one. This would not be happening with she as PM. IT’S NOT A STORY, IT’S A FACT! I LOVED HER FOR THAT.
        What we have now are a bunch/gang of GREEDY MEN AND WOMEN.

  26. Lougaoo Mem
    August 26, 2013

    It’s a matter of time, He/she will be caught, prosecuted and sent to the slammer. Times may be hard, but that’s no excuse.

    • New Town
      August 26, 2013

      My friend if He or she is a party supporter, then he/she will be bailed and left to go Guada to hang-out again.

  27. One Love
    August 26, 2013

    STUPIDITY – a bullet through his/her skull for stupidity; – how much money can there be at this time of the morning? just to inconvenience people man?

  28. Morihei Ueshiba
    August 26, 2013

    Sukie working sooooo hardddd, monday – sunday with no rest and u all robbing him, Dominica really change.

  29. Pestle
    August 26, 2013

    an armed man with guns. hmmm
    .. Wow and I really thought Sukies was untouchable. Oh my this is a sad state of affairs in our country. Some lazy son of a gun who wants it now.

  30. mee1
    August 26, 2013

    what the f… , brode daylight like that. What really going on in Dominica. 15 20 years agao these things were unheard of. I hope the clerks got the scooter numbers if the criminals were dumb enough to leave them on. I can bet these are scooters who take gas from sukies all the time so the girls should have an Idea and identify the bikes.

    • John Paul
      August 26, 2013

      We are on the next level .Just not sure if it the one up or down ,no one specified they just told us they were taking us there

  31. weh
    August 26, 2013

    Way way. Armed men on scooters .shoot those guys the police must start shooting them then this tings will stop.this country to bloody free!

    • Anonymous
      August 26, 2013

      The breaking news read…..”masked man with a helmet on a gray scooter, armed with a gun”
      Where did you read it in the plural form? Typical example of how some of us twist and distort news/stories.

    • words of wisdom
      August 26, 2013

      Hope is not ur son dat was under d helmet

  32. August 26, 2013

    99 days for the thief and 1 day for the police. Someday all of these crimes will stop when we stand in judgement before God our father.

  33. Sylvester Cadette
    August 26, 2013

    when caught they should be dealt with severely by the law. MAXIMUM must be the order of the day – period. There MUST NOT BE BAIL FOR CRIMES INVOLVING GUNS !! If the law does not allow such measures – AMEND IT !!

    If juveniles, treat with caution and some measure of restraint yet firm. Find out their source of the weapons and attend to it with intent and with prudence.

    Let’s hope and pray for less crime!

    If juveniles

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