Monday 19 August, 2019

WATCH: Motorists warned about lurking robber on Trafalgar Road

Screen grab of video showing a man approaching a vehicle at the Trafalgar Road/Hope Road intersection in St Andrew.

Screen grab of video showing a man approaching a vehicle at the Trafalgar Road/Hope Road intersection in St Andrew.

Motorists are being warned to be on the lookout for a lurking male robber at the intersection of Trafalgar Road and Hope Road in St Andrew.

Loop News understands that the man has been targeting vehicles travelling from Trafalgar Road towards Hope and Waterloo roads when they are forced to stop and wait at the traffic light at the busy intersection.

The suspect reportedly conceals himself in the dark before pouncing on unsuspecting motorists at the stoplight by either opening a door to their vehicles or reaching through a window and stealing valuables.

“Just warning anyone who drives on Trafalgar Road towards Waterloo at night. There is a guy that hides by one of the street lights and then tries to open your car door or reach into your car when the light is red! Seen him do it two nights in a row now to other cars,” a social media user, who identifies himself as 'Johnathan', tweeted on Wednesday.

He also shared a video purportedly of the suspect in action. The video shows a man walking towards the door of a vehicle at the traffic light before retreating.

In October of last year, a man reported that he was driving home from work when upon reaching the same stoplight, close to the YMCA, a cross-dresser approached his vehicle and grabbed his laptop computer from the passenger side of his vehicle. The man told Loop News that the thief scampered across the street and disappeared into a gully nearby.

But he expressed surprise when, after going to the police station to make a report, cops there told him that robberies occur in that area on a daily basis and could even name the suspected perpetrator.

“They told me it was the cross dressers who stole my computer. They could even name the man they thought did it,” the distraught man said.

Police have confirmed receiving many reports about motorists being robbed of laptops, phones and other valuables at the intersection, and said they are investigating the incidents.

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