– two suspects held, wounded accomplice on the run
Police have detained two suspects and are on the hunt for a third wounded man, after bandits snatched more than $12M in raw gold from a Puruni, Mazaruni mining camp on Saturday.
Kaieteur News understands that some 30 employees were in the camp when the gunmen invaded the area on Saturday.
One of the employees was struck in the head with a rifle. Reports indicate that one of the gunmen accidentally shot himself in the foot during the attack.
The bandits, along with their injured accomplice, reportedly then fled with more that 50 ounces of raw gold.
After the gunmen fled, the employees organised themselves into a group and went in search of their attackers.
Kaieteur News understands that they eventually found two suspects in an area near the camp.
A source said that one of the men is a prime suspect in the attack, while the other claimed to have unwittingly transported the gang to the camp.
Contacted yesterday, E and F Divisional Commander, Assistant Commissioner David Ramnarine confirmed that two men were assisting police with information about the robbery.
Ramnarine told Kaieteur News that he first learnt of the robbery after a former police rank, who is a neighbour of the owner of the mining camp, contacted him by phone.
The Commander said that he then spoke with the mining camp owner, who arranged for a team of policemen to be transported from Bartica to Puruni.
Mr. Ramnarine said that while in the area, the police ranks also searched several shops. He said that at one shop, they confiscated a .45 handgun with matching rounds, as well as a quantity of cocaine and cannabis.
The Commander was loud in his praise of the mining camp owner and his crew for the assistance they gave to his ranks.
“I want to commend the persons at the camp, who with the assistance of the police, pursued the criminals at the risk of their lives.”
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