When Louise Armstrong and her son Stan of Hope Road, St Lucy went to bed last night, the last thing they expected was to wake up this morning and find their car missing.
However, the mother and son were today contemplating their next move after their car, a white Toyota Belta, G942, was stolen in the wee hours of this morning.
Stan, who was the last person to use the car, told Barbados TODAY he was especially bothered because all his lighting equipment for work was in the car.
“I came in at 1 a.m. from work and just locked everything up [and] went to bed. Later that morning around 9 a.m. my mother woke me up and asked me where was the car. And that’s when we saw the broken glass here.
“We called the police, they came and took a report,” he said.
Stan said he believed the thieves hot-wired the car because all the car keys were still inside the house.
“They broke the window and hot-wired the car. The car was completely locked so they had to break the window to get in. All the keys for the car are in house. I didn’t hear anything. I was out like a light. I worked late so I was pretty tired,” he explained.
The family sent out a notice on the social media platform, WhatsApp, asking everyone they know to look out for the car.
At the same time, Stan said he wanted Barbadians to be careful and to look out for each other.
“It’s not just about finding our vehicle. More importantly, [it is] to let people be aware that this is happening and to be on their p’s and q’s.
“Communities are important. Neighbours looking out for each other. Sometimes neighbours are the best form of security. We have to look out for one another,” he said.
Stan must now figure out how he will get his work done without a vehicle. He said the insurance company would give them a vehicle, but only for a week.
Therefore, he and his mum had to be tactical with its use.
“We are going to decide when we will need it most, which more than likely is at month end when we have a lot more running around to do,” he said.
Meantime, Stan’s mother said while the community was safe, they would now be beefing up security around their home.
“This is a generally safe neighbourhood. We have been parking our cars here for years. This carport was here from 1987. We have to think about what our next step is going to be, but we will definitely be a lot more cautious,” she said.
Police are asking anyone who may have seen the car to contact the Crab Hill police station at 310-7700, or the nearest police station.