Government Office Robbed in Acklins

Another government department became the target of criminals over the weekend. The Acklins Island Administrator’s Office was robbed in the early morning hours of Saturday, police said yesterday.

Acklins Administrator Gary Knowles, 42, and his 16-year-old son escaped injury during the armed robbery, but were left shaken after the ordeal, said Assistant Commissioner Glenn Miller, who has responsibility for crime.

Police reports indicate that sometime around 12:30 a.m. Knowles and his son had just arrived at their Spring Point home, and as they entered their residence they were confronted by two gunmen.

Reportedly the bandits demanded cash, but were told there was none.

“The men then forced Knowles and his son in their vehicle and they drove them to the Administrator’s Office in Mason’sâ Bay, where they forced him (Knowles) to open a safe,” Miller said. It was reported that over $200,000 was stolen from the safe.

Following the robbery, Knowles and his son were taken to a bushy area through a track road some distance away from the office where they were left tied up, police said. The culprits made good their escape in Knowles’vehicle.

It was reported that hours later, sometime around 3:00am they were able to free themselves and report the matter to police.

Nassau Guardian Senior Reporter