Gunmen hold up Banks DIH delivery truck
Two gun-toting youths, accompanied by another who was unarmed, stuck up a Banks DIH beverage truck yesterday afternoon, and relieved the driver of $80,000 in cash, one cell phone and a silver chain, before making good their escape through the Stevedore Housing Scheme.
The incident occurred around 13:00hrs outside the business place of one of the company’s clients, McEwan’s Grocery, at J14 952 Edun Street, Tucville.
The porter, Christopher Stewart, had just entered the shop to service the client while his assistant, truck driver and salesman, Japhat Wilson, remained by the vehicle.
A distraught Wilson reported that he was standing at the side of the truck while Stewart entered the shop to do business.
He said that he saw three young men, who all appeared to be in their twenties, walking towards him along Edun Street. He said that he did not give them a second thought since they appeared harmless.
Moments later, one of the men placed a gun to his back and demanded money. Wilson said that he decided to hand over all the money he had in his possession since he was afraid of being shot. By the time his companion returned, the men had already disappeared in the Stevedore Housing Scheme.
Shawn Fredericks, Banks DIH area supervisor, said that he was in the area when he received a call from the owners of the shop informing him of what had transpired. He said that he immediately rushed to the scene but by then the bandits had already fled.
When Kaieteur News arrived at the scene, the shop had closed its doors to the public.
However, the proprietor said that the incident was not the reason they had chosen to shut up shop. They said that this is a regular custom at around 13:00hrs every day.
The proprietor, who sought anonymity, could shed no light on what occurred. “Everything happened so fast that I was unable to see much,” she said.
Meanwhile, a team of sleuths from the Guyana Police Force visited the area and took statements.
They later requested that the driver and his porter accompany them to the East La Penitence Police Station to facilitate further investigations.