Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Desir cautions licensed firearm holders after weekend theft

Acting Commissioner of Police, Milton Desir

Acting Commissioner of Police, Milton Desir

Acting Commissioner of Police, Milton Desir, has issued a word of caution to licensed firearm holders regarding the proper storage of their weapons.

The top cop's comment follows an incident over the weekend in which the firearm of a female customs officer was stolen after she left it in her vehicle.

Corporal Ann Joseph, Public Relations Officer of the Royal St Lucia Police Force, revealed Tuesday morning during a police press conference that police officers attached to the Gros Islet Police Station proceeded to a location in Corinth where they conducted a search upon a male which resulted in the recovery of that firearm.

“That individual is Francis Lalanne, alias 'Monkey' of Corinth. He has been arrested and charged for possession of the firearm as well as ammunition,” Joseph said.

According to Commissioner Desir, part of the training in applying for a firearm is proper storage.

“If that firearm is not being used or if you would not be present at the time to use the firearm, if you do not carry it on you it is supposed to be locked up at your home in a safe and if you are leaving the island for some time, it should be left at a police station and the Firearms Act makes provision for that, so I must indicate that in storage of a firearm, leaving it in a vehicle is not recommended," said Desir.  

Francis Lalanne was also slapped with theft charges and has been remanded in custody until August 27, 2020.

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