Police Arrest One of Territory's Most Wanted on Burglary Charge

Feb. 5, 2008 — Police arrested one of the territory's most-wanted criminal suspects Tuesday morning after he allegedly stole jewelry from a St. Thomas residence.
Derrick Frederick, 28, of New Hernhutt was arrested at approximately 10:57 a.m. and charged with third-degree burglary, according to a news release from the V.I. Police Department. A concerned citizen called police at approximately 8:44 a.m. and reported a suspicious male lurking in the vicinity of a neighbor's residence in Anna's Fancy. The citizen notified the owner, who was not at home, and also called 911.
Responding to the scene and securing the area were officers from the Richard N. Callwood Command, along with officers from the Special Operations Bureau, Forensic, K-9 and Mariel C. Newton Command. Members of the V.I. Fire Department also came to the scene to help.
When authorities arrived, the suspect jumped over a balcony and fled into bushes, the release said. The K-9 unit couldn't pursue the suspect because of thick, heavy foliage, but Officer Liston Stout used heavy clothing from Fire Department personnel and went into the brush to detain the suspect. Assisting Stout in getting Frederick out were Sgt. Dwayne Degraff, Sgt. Sylvia Felix-Penn and Jocelyn Lee-Bobb. Frederick had jewelry later reported missing from the residence, police say.
A photo of Frederick was released to the media in January as one of the V.I.'s Most Wanted after he was named as a suspect in a burglary on St. Thomas. Frederick is also wanted on Tortola in the British Virgin Island after escaping from Her Majesty's Prison, where he was held after he was arrested and charged with numerous burglaries on that island.
There has been an increase of cases where the same individuals are identified as committing crimes in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, police say. The VIPD and police on Tortola continue to work closely together to solve these cases, according to the release.
"The community got involved and assisted in this investigation," said Police Commissioner James H. McCall. "The police cannot be everywhere at once, but once the community gets involved, everybody benefits."
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