PHILIPSBURG:--- On September 24, 2021, at approximately 1:00 am, a police patrol spotted a gray i10 parked on Guana Bay Beach in the cover of darkness. Upon a further check of the car, it became apparent that the car was likely stolen as the VIN number was tampered with.
The driver and passenger with initials T.I.T.D and A.L.C. respectively could not give a proper account about how they obtained the vehicle. They were arrested and taken to Philipsburg police station where they are held for questioning.
The vehicle was confiscated pending further investigation.
The Police Force of Sint Maarten KPSM reminds the public to avoid purchasing potentially stolen vehicles. Many stolen vehicles are resold well below their actual value. Some buyers have no idea that the vehicles were stolen until it is too late. At that point, the buyers are at a double disadvantage, because the vehicle will be confiscated, they could be arrested for being in possession of stolen goods, and monies will be lost.
KPSM has been working together with French side counterparts to halt the vehicle thefts on the island.
Law enforcement from both sides of the island has intensifying controls on all vehicles that are presumed stolen.
KPSM Press Release.