Several bandits armed with a gun and cutlasses on Friday robbed a business at Sheet Anchor Village, Canje, Region Six, of an undisclosed amount of cash, before making good their escape within the vicinity of the Canje River.
According to reports, about 13:00h on Friday, the bandits went into the business place of Region Six Chairman David Armogan and held up the employees.
In a telephone interview, Armogan, who was out of the region at the time of the incident, said he received a call from one of his employees, informing him of the incident.
“One of my workers called me and told me bandits attacked them and they were trying to call 911 and the Central Police Station but were unable to get through,” he said.
He pointed out that he subsequently contacted B Division Commander Brian Joseph, who immediately responded by dispatching a vehicle with armed ranks to the scene.
Armogan said by that time, the bandits had already committed the act and fled the scene.
“According to the information I received from my employee, this was an organised crime since it appears that these bandits were dropped off by a vehicle on a road under the Canje Bridge,” he said.
The chairman said he has been in the sand and stone business located at Sheet Anchor Village for the past 18 years, and was never robbed before.
According to reports, the three armed men entered the business of Armogan and one of the bandits gun-butted his 70-year-old cashier while the other employees were held up by another robber.
The bandits then stole the days earning from the cash drawer and made good their escape, but not before discharging a few warning shots.
The cashier was rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he received medical treatment and was discharged.
The police have launched an investigation into the matter.
Meantime, in another incident, police ranks at Fort Wellington managed to foil an alleged robbery at Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice.
According to police reports, about 20:30h on Thursday evening, several men attempted to break into the home of a resident in the area.
However, ranks at the Fort Wellington Police Station responded immediately to a call for help and the bandits were forced to flee.
Sources have disclosed that a Toyota Premio, bearing registration number PSS 1495 was held in the vicinity of the Berbice River Bridge. Several persons have been held for questioning.