CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — A U.S. Virgin Islands legislator has suffered a carjacking as she and a staff member were posting campaign signs, police said Tuesday.

Detectives on the island of St. Croix said they were searching for bandits who robbed Democratic Sen. Diane Capehart and a male staffer of money, jewelry and a Jeep Wrangler.

In a statement, police said two men brandishing pistols emerged out of bushes and robbed the staffer as he was erecting re-election signs for Capehart along a roadside as the senator was nearby in her idling car.

The gunmen then ordered Capehart out of the car and picked up three other people who were hiding in bushes a short distance away, according to police. Her blue Jeep was emblazoned with campaign stickers.

Police Commissioner Rodney Querrard lifted overtime restrictions for officers to catch the culprits.

St. Croix is the largest and poorest of the three islands that make up the U.S. territory in the Caribbean.