Trinidad Express / A police constable with one year’s service, is expected to appear before a Couva Magistrate today, charged with three counts of larceny involving the theft of two police issued bulletproof vests and three firearm holsters.
The incidents are alleged to have occurred between the period December, 2016 and January, 2018.
Constable Marlon Baptiste, 22, of Remy Trace, Penal Rock Road, Penal, attached to the Couva Police Station, was charged by Insp. Rudolph Bhagwandeen, on Thursday after being arrested on in the Barrackpore area, allegedly in possession of two police issued bulletproof vests.
Officers of the Princes Town CID, stopped a black Mazda pick-up van with three male occupants, around 3:30pm, along Ramlal Trace, Barrackpore.
One man exited the vehicle while carrying a black bag in his hands. He was caught a short distance away and a search of the bag resulted in two bulletproof vests being found inside. The three men were arrested in connection with the find.
A subsequent search of the Penal home of the suspect, resulted in three Sig Sauer holsters with the markings ‘Couva TTPS’ on them, being discovered.
Nothing was found at the homes of the other two men, and they were subsequently released.
The items recovered matched the description of two bulletproof vests which were reported missing between December 2016 and February 2017 and November 2017 and January 2018, by two officers attached to the Couva Police Station. The holsters were discovered missing during an inventory check at the station in January 2018.
PC Baptiste was a probationer at the time of arrest and with the charges, he faces suspension from the service, pending the outcome of the matter before the court.