Bandits escape with $8M after terrorising Uitvlugt family
An Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara family endured a one hour ordeal of being tied up and gagged, as bandits ransacked their home early yesterday morning making off with $8M in cash and gold jewellery.
The incident occurred at Lot 160 Ocean View, Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara where Radha Krishna Chandra, 59 and his wife Tulsidai operate a goldsmith shop.
Mrs. Chandra told this publication that around 05:50 hours her nephew Preetam Deeroop went out into the yard to use the washroom, leaving the backdoor of the house open. When Deeroop returned he was confronted by a man who held him at gunpoint.
Another man who was armed with a knife was also in the house.
One of the men enquired from him how many persons were living in the house as he forced him back inside.
“After they bring he in de house, they tie he up and went upstairs and bring down my other nephew and they tie him up too and start asking for money and gold,” the woman recalled.
Mrs. Chandra said the men then went back upstairs and brought herself and husband, daughter and two granddaughters downstairs. The bandits did not know that there was another occupant in the house who was fast asleep.
The bandits then cut all the telephone wires in the house and used them to tie up her family members.
“They tie we up with the phone wires and lace from a boots and they use socks and push in them girls mouth.”
Mrs. Chandra said the men then started searching every room in the house while threatening to kill anyone who made noise.
“They tell we that if we scream they gon start from the lil one go up and my husband start fighting up lil and they gun butt he,” she added.
She recalled having to sit on the floor as the men ran through their bank books and every personal document which they had managed to get their hands on.
The woman added that the men also forced them to hand over five cellular phones and they helped themselves to a laptop computer and a cordless phone. According to the businesswoman, as daybreak approached, one of the men’s cell phone kept ringing.
“Like somebody went calling them and hurrying them up because all you hear them saying is ‘we coming just now’.”
She said that a few minutes later the men fled, taking along with them all the keys to the house, as well as the keys to their vehicle. Once the men were out of the house, Mrs. Chandra said, her daughter managed to free herself and ran upstairs to wake up her brother who was still asleep with earphones in his ears. The two then untied the other occupants before raising an alarm and alerting the police.
It was only then neighbours realized that a robbery had taken place right under their noses.
This publication was told that residents close by recalled seeing a white Toyota Premio car PNN 3224, parked a corner away from where the robbery occurred. There are reports that the men, after leaving the Chandra’s home, joined the car.
According to one resident, in their haste to get away, the car struck down one of the bandits who appeared to be very confused.
“Like these men didn’t know the area because the car just keep circling and trying to get out. The car drive into one a dem men and he fall down and then drag to the car and they keep driving around until they find a bridge and then drive out,” the resident told this newspaper.
This publication was told that a relative gave chase behind the vehicle but lost it somewhere between Stewartville and Uitvlugt. However the police said that the car was found abandoned at New Road, Vreed-en-Hoop.