Thief shot dead over two loaves of bread
A well-known thief from the Beterverwagting area was shot dead shortly before midnight on Wednesday after he was caught stealing from the Bakewell factory at Triumph, East Coast Demerara.
Omo Caesar, 39, was pronounced dead at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation after receiving a single gunshot wound to his abdomen.
Police in a press release stated that they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident, which occurred around 23:50 hours at Dr. Miller Street, Triumph.
While the police did not indicate who shot Caesar, Kaieteur News understands that he was shot by a security guard attached to the bakery, who remained in custody up to last night.
According to reports, Caesar was only released from the police lock-ups hours before he was killed.
He was held on simple larceny charges.
Caesar was reportedly seen in the Bakewell factory compound by employees who alerted the security on duty.
A source at the bakery told this newspaper that Caesar was seen removing three pails of paint and a few loaves of bread when he was called upon to stop by the security.
Apparently not wanting to return into custody, Caesar made a dash for freedom but was shot in the process.
Still clutching to his loot, the wounded Caesar ran for about 200 metres through an alleyway before collapsing.
The security personnel, realizing that he was hit, pursued Caesar and subsequently found him lying motionless in a dimly lit alleyway. He was still clutching the two loaves of bread he had stolen.
Employees at the bakery believe that Caesar is the man who was responsible for the theft of several truck batteries previously. They based their belief on camera footage in which the perpetrator bears a striking resemblance to Caesar.
“You know how many times we miss batteries and so. He get ketch pon camera before,” one employee told this newspaper.
“When dem truck man come fuh start dey truck, battery gone,” another employee remarked.
Police say they are questioning the security guard who it is believed fired the shot that killed Caesar, to ascertain if excessive force was used.