Courts $9M robbery…
A driver from a well known security firm has reportedly confessed to helping two gunmen escape with $9M belonging to Courts Furniture Store.
Police officials said that the man, who is a Charlestown resident, revealed that he received $1M to set up the heist, and also led police to a Number50 Village, Corentyne house where his alleged accomplice, who is also from Charlestown, was hiding out.
Both men are expected to appear in court today.
Kaieteur News was told that the driver was among security personnel who were taking $9M in two money bags to the furniture store’s Main Street Branch about a week ago when they were attacked.
The money had been picked up from the Courts branches at Grove, East Bank Demerara and Parika.
According to reports, the driver and an armed guard were driving along Lombard Street when they were forced to slow down due to heavy traffic.
It is alleged that shortly after, two gunmen in another car attacked the security personnel, who were forced to hand over the money-bags and a firearm.
The robbers then escaped.
However, Kaieteur News understands that police suspected that the robbery had been staged, and kept grilling the driver until he confessed.
On Thursday, he reportedly handed over his share of the loot, and then led the investigators to his accomplice’s Berbice hideout.
At the time, the alleged accomplice was in possession of some US $1,200. However, the ranks have found no trace of the rest of the loot or of the stolen firearm.
Police officials said that the alleged accomplice was questioned on numerous occasions for armed robbery and murder. According to an official, he had sustained a recent bullet wound, and investigators believe that he was accidently shot by the other gunman who had discharged his firearm during the Courts heist.
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