Nov 08, 2008 News
Police have captured the rest of the gang which carried out Thursday’s daring $17.2M payroll heist at Stanleytown, West Bank Demerara.
Top police officials confirmed that eight other suspects, including a Mc Doom, East Bank Demerara resident, are in custody.
The alleged mastermind was arrested at his home yesterday, while three others were captured during a shootout with police at around 01:15 hrs yesterday at Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara.
A fourth man, identified as Leon Dundas of Punt Trench Dam, Albouystown, was killed during that shootout. Dundas’s relatives positively identified him after viewing a Kaieteur News photograph of his body.
According to a police statement, two others were captured on Thursday night at Vreed-en-Hoop while sitting in a car.
Under interrogation, some of the captured men led a Joint Services team to an area near the Demerara River where they had stashed the canister containing the GuySuCo payroll.
The $17.2M payroll was recovered intact.
Police also recovered a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver and six rounds of ammunition that were taken away from the GEB security guards; a .32 Taurus pistol with two magazines and 21 rounds of ammunition; a 9mm Glock pistol with two magazines and 31rounds of ammunition; and two .38 Taurus revolvers with ten matching rounds.
The 9mm Glock was stolen from a cambio dealer who was attacked on October 24, 2007 by nine armed men who relieved him of his firearm and a substantial sum of cash.
“During interviews conducted, some of those detained have confessed to a number of robberies, including the armed robbery committed on businessman Chetram, called ‘Barry,’ at Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo, on October 14, 2008,” a police statement said.
Kaieteur News understands that some of the suspects also confessed to their involvement in a number of other robberies in which the female victims were raped.
According to a source, some of the captured men were mud-stained and told police that they had hidden under the Demerara Harbour Bridge while trying to elude the pursuing Joint Services ranks.
The GEB security vehicle was transporting the Wales GuySuCo Estate payroll, at around 11:00 hrs yesterday, when a silver-grey motor car blocked its path in the vicinity of Stanleytown, West Bank Demerara.
Nine men then surrounded the GEB vehicle and held the occupants at gunpoint.
After relieving the security guards of two 12-gauge shotguns and a.38 pistol, the bandits took over the GEB vehicle and made good their escape.
The vehicle was later found abandoned on the Nismes Old Road.
It is believed that the bandits began to use a boat to aid their escape, but encountered difficulties and were forced to abandon it.
The Joint Services recovered a boat a short distance from the scene of the robbery.
The ranks subsequently surrounded a large bushy area in the Nismes community, where they believed that the bandits were holed up.
They eventually confronted two of them at the riverside, fatally wounding Eric Williams.
The other managed to escape but was subsequently captured.
A .32 pistol with 12 matching rounds was recovered from the dead man.
“While patrolling last night (Thursday), a team of police ranks encountered a motor vehicle at Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara, with two men inside who, upon being questioned, were suspected of being involved in assisting the perpetrators to get away and were arrested,” a police statement said.
“The police subsequently confronted a group of four men along the ‘old road’ at Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara, at about 1:15 hours today (yesterday), during which there was an exchange of gunfire that resulted in the death of Leon Dundas, of Punt Trench Dam, Albouystown.
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