WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7: A terrified family was held up at gunpoint after two armed men raided their holiday home.

The thugs broke into the cottage through a bedroom window and confronted the owners.

The duo threatened the three American visitors with a firearm before stealing cash, a laptop and mobile phones.

Police say the intruders could have been looking for cash to finance their drug habits.

The robbery took place at 8:30pm on Monday at a holiday cottage on South Road in Southampton.

The detached property is down the road from the Reefs Hotel.

It is owned by a family of Americans who have visited the island for several decades.

David Dodwell, the owner of the Reefs, told the Sun: “I know the family well as although the cottage is separate from the hotel it is part of the Reefs inventory.

“The family has been visiting the island for many decades and they have obviously been deeply upset by this terrible incident.

“It is extremely disturbing and very worrying that this has happened. These kind of crimes are extremely serious for the victims who feel violated and also the country.

“The fact that this occurred to people who do not reside here gives it an overseas perspective too. It puts a question mark over how safe Bermuda is and it hurts the country’s ability to say it is a safe destination.

“We really have to get a grip of this situation.”

The victims were not injured during the raid, but were left visibly upset and shaken by their ordeal.

The two robbers were dressed all in black and one of the men had a red bandana over his face.

They are described as dark skinned, approximately 5ft 8inc tall and of slim built. One of the men was wearing a black hooded top which the other was wearing a black jacket.

Just an hour earlier on the same evening police were called to another armed robbery in Smiths where a taxi driver was held up at gunpoint.

The 34-year-old Devonshire man was targeted by two men after he dropped off a fare at Lolly’s Lane in Smith’s.

The two men stole cash before making off on a black and red step through motorcycle. The taxi driver was not injured during the robbery.

Culprits

The two culprits are described as dark skinned males, between 5ft 9in and 5ft 11in and of slim and medium build.

Detectives say they are investigating the possibility the two incidents are linked to each other.

Acting Superintendent Nick Pedro told a press conference yesterday extra armed officers had been put on patrol.

He said: “Since last Friday, we have seen three incidents where firearms have been allegedly displayed during the course of robberies.

“I wish to reassure the public that the Bermuda Police Service is utilizing its full complement of resources to address these crimes, including the addition of further armed officers on patrol, and enhancement of regular patrols.

“The Serious Crime Unit has taken on responsibility for investigating these most recent robberies, headed by a Senior Investigating Officer.

“A number of investigative leads are being pursued, and forensic evidence from each of these incidents is being processed and analyzed.

“The critical factor in all of these incidents is the need to get assistance from the public.”

Witnesses or anyone with any information regarding either incident is encouraged to contact the Serious Crime Unit on 247-1185 or the independent, confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.