Police crack carjacking ring
- car stolen three months ago recovered in Sophia
Police have cracked open a carjacking ring with the capture of one gang member in whose premises they recovered a vehicle that was stolen almost three months ago.
The car, a Toyota Premio, which was stripped to the bare frame, was discovered concealed in the suspect’s yard at Sophia on Friday afternoon by police, acting on information provided during the investigation of another carjacking that was committed last week.
Ironically, the suspect who was arrested on Thursday, last, following the recent carjacking, is the same man who had accused the police at Turkeyen of vandalizing his car while it was impounded during their pending investigations into the theft of cables belonging to the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T).
According to reports, a Mahaicony woman, Sunya Solomon, had her car – a Toyota Premio (PPP 2162) – stolen by two men outside her home last Tuesday night. The woman told this newspaper that she was about to turn into her yard around 21:45 hours when she observed that a Toyota AT 192 had stopped on the opposite side of the road.
She became curious and sat in her car and took note of the licence number of the suspicious car as it subsequently drove off. However, she did not notice that two men had already exited the vehicle on the blind side and were standing in the dark waiting to pounce.
Solomon said that as she opened her car door to proceed to her gate, one of the men held her at gunpoint, while the other jumped into the car.
The stunned woman watched helplessly as the men drove off towards the city with her car.
She subsequently contacted her boyfriend, who in turn alerted the police at the Vigilance Station – a few miles away in the direction in which the car was heading – with a view to have them intercept it.
However, the woman lamented that the police were slow to react, as her boyfriend observed the car passing him at Buxton. He tried to follow the vehicle at a safe distance since the men were carrying guns, but lost sight of it in the vicinity of Cummings Lodge.
“If the police had come out at Sparendaam, they would have been able to intercept the car. We call 911 and it rang out,” Solomon told Kaieteur News.
While Solomon’s car has not yet been recovered, she revealed that she did provide the police with the licence plate of the vehicle that had dropped off the two carjackers.
Armed with this information, police located the car and detained the driver and another man who happened to be their (police’s) one-time accuser.
A search of one of the men’s house unearthed another stolen car belonging to Shameer Samad, of Onderneeming, West Bank Demerara. The car, another Toyota Premio, PNN 4677, was stolen on July 5, last, under similar circumstances to the way Solomon was relieved of her vehicle.
Samad, an engineer, told this newspaper yesterday that on that day, he had just arrived home and was taking out his briefcase from his car when he was pounced upon by three men who were apparently waiting for him in his yard.
The men beat him up and ordered him to be quiet before tying him up and throwing him into his car trunk.
They took possession of his car keys and proceeded into his house where they confronted members of his family.
“They terrorized them. All the electrical things, TV, CD player, DVD, blender, processor, jewellery, some money, they took them out of the house, and when they ready to pack them in the car, they took me out of the trunk and took me into the house. Then they drove away with the car,” Samad recalled.
He said that he reported the matter to the police at the La Grange Station and since then he has been looking for his car.
Days passed, then weeks and months, and Samad became frustrated, actually giving up on seeing his car again.
Then on Friday he got word that the police had found a car fitting the description of his in the Sophia area.
“When I went with the officer to the place, all I saw was just a frame.”
Samad was able to identify what was left of his car from the chassis number.
A thorough check of the yard where the car was found unearthed several other items that were stolen from him on that night in July.
Police have questioned the men in custody and will be placing them on identification parade to see if they will be positively identified by other carjacking victims.