By Jessamyn Griffin
Police believe drugs played a role in the robbery of a home on Jubilee Road last Saturday, which saw three masked assailants break through an unlocked door and force the residents to the floor.
The suspects were described as men in their early 20s. They wore dark clothes and their faces were covered.
“There were several small personal electronic devices taken. There was also indication that this was likely drug related, so we are exploring that possibility too,” said Const. Palmeter.
With the case being under current investigation police are unable to tell specifics.
Palmeter believes that this case is isolated from the robbery that occurred earlier this month on Willett Street and Main Avenue. Four men with bandannas covering their faces robbed two men. One of the individuals was carrying a baseball bat.
“Unfortunately we do have a lot of these incidents (robberies). Sometimes they aren’t reported in the cases of break and enters connected to the drug subculture,” says Palmeter. “People involved in the sale of drugs or known to have drugs on hand are targeted by other people. Their goal is to steal drugs.”
Palmeter says usually break and enters involving robbery aren’t random. The people being robbed usually partake in a “high risk lifestyle.”
“As for general break and enters, we’ve been saying this for years, keep your doors locked.”
Individuals are allowed to defend themselves, using a reasonable amount of force, when an intruder enters their home. Palmeter says the likelihood of being hurt during a robbery is reduced when people comply with the demands of the robber or assailant.
Despite the robbery being suspected as an isolated case, Natalie Mifflin of Jubilee Road believes community members should still be cautious.
“People should lock their doors. How will it harm you to carry around a key to ensure that you keep things safe like your passport, money, etc. I mean does anyone want to get robbed?” says Mifflin.