Goldsmith mistakes robbers for GGMC officers
- loses $1.2M in cash, gold
A Leonora goldsmith is thankful after surviving a harrowing robbery ordeal Wednesday.
It was the most frightening 15 minutes of his life, which to him seemed like an eternity.
Yoganand Singh said when he heard persons calling at his home where his goldsmith shop is also located, his first thoughts were that it was officers from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).
“Earlier in the day I saw a GGMC vehicle in the area so when I hear the men calling I say it was GGMC people,” Singh recalled. He was badly mistaken.
When he went out to greet the two men, he was held up with guns.
The ordeal began to unfold at around 13:15 hours.
Singh said the two men ordered him into his workshop where he met his worker. The gunmen then demanded cash and gold.
“I give the gold jewelry and $150,000 which I had in my pocket and they ask me if that is all I have.”
The gunmen took both men into the home and demanded raw gold.
“I tell them that I ain’t got no raw gold because business li’l slow and they turn and tell me… ‘Well something gon got to happen to somebody today’.”
Immediately, the businessman said he directed the men to a quantity of raw gold which he had. The men then made their way into the kitchen where they conducted a search.
“After they get that, they still weren’t satisfied so they ask me where my wife deh and if she gone to collect the children.”
The wife was upstairs watching television and unaware of what was unfolding downstairs.
“…so I holler and tell me wife don’t scream.”
The gunmen again began making demands for cash and gold before stripping the man’s wife of her gold jewelry.
The goldsmith and his worker were taken into a bedroom where they tied them up with shoe laces. While in the room, the men began searching and stumbled upon another sum of cash. The robbers then took the businessman’s wife downstairs and tied her up before fleeing.
The businessman said his wife sought the help of a neighbor who untied her and called the police.
In all, the gunmen escaped with $1.2M in cash and gold.
Neighbors said they had noticed a yellow Toyota Raum parked in front of the businessman’s home but had no idea that a robbery was in progress and did not take down the number plates.