Police arrested and questioned three people and destroyed marijuana fields following search operations carried out Friday and Saturday on Virgin Gorda as part of investigations into the attempted armed robbery at Leverick Bay Resort on May 26.

All three suspects, however, were subsequently released without being charged, police said.

On Friday — when two of the suspects were arrested for questioning — police also seized “items of evidential value” as they carried out search warrants on multiple properties “believed to be linked” to the botched robbery, they said in a Monday press release.

The same day, police also uncovered evidence “linking a person of interest to large-scale cannabis cultivation on Virgin Gorda,” they said.

This evidence, in turn, led officers to marijuana fields in an area known as The Camp, where they “uprooted approximately 3,500 fully-grown cannabis plants, destroyed around 4,000 seedlings, and seized various farming implements found at the scene,” the release stated.

It added, “These actions represent a significant disruption to the activities of those believed to be involved in the attempted robbery.”

The police operations continued into Saturday, when the third person was arrested for questioning.

Like the other two suspects, the person was interviewed and subsequently discharged from custody pending further investigation.

Botched robbery

The attempted armed robbery on May 26 took place shortly after 1 p.m. while the Leverick Bay Poker Run was under way.

“According to reports, two masked gunmen entered an office at the resort, held the manager at gunpoint, and demanded cash,” police said at the time. “The suspects eventually fled empty-handed.”

The manager was subsequently treated for injuries sustained during the robbery attempt.

Cops Seeking Info

The police are seeking witnesses or anyone else with information regarding the May 26 armed robbery attempt at Leverick Bay Resort on Virgin Gorda.

To provide tips to the anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline, call 800-8477 (TIPS) locally or 1-284-800-8477 from overseas. The police Intelligence Unit can also be reached directly at 368-9339.

“Even seemingly insignificant details could be crucial to the investigation,” police stated. “All information provided will be kept confidential.”