Getaway car leaves gunman stranded during police chase
A bandit who snatched two bags containing $1.3M was apprehended by the police after his accomplice in the getaway car decided that discretion was better than valour. While escaping, the bandit rode into New Street, New Amsterdam, where he encountered a vehicle with personnel from a private security firm.
He dropped the firearm and the bicycle and began running towards a motor vehicle, which was suspected to have been driven by a waiting accomplice.
The suspected accomplice, however, ignored his entreaties and drove away, leaving the bandit stranded.
The police, who were by this time in hot pursuit, arrested him.
The police also recovered an unlicenced .38 revolver with ammunition, and the cash which the bandit had snatched from a female cashier attached to the New Amsterdam branch of T. Geddes Grant and Company Limited, located at Sand Road.
The police in a statement said that at about 17:00 hours yesterday the female cashier attached to Geddes Grant, Jacqueline Rambali, accompanied by an unarmed security guard was walking across the road with two bags containing $1.3 million to make a deposit at the bank opposite to the business entity.
They were confronted by a man armed with a handgun, who rode up on a bicycle and held them at gunpoint.
The suspect discharged a round, which fortunately missed the guard. However, he snatched the bags with the money and rode away.
The suspected accomplice and four other men were subsequently detained and are assisting with the investigations.