Ex-policeman Sean Hinds and at least three in-laws of businessman Malcolm Panday are expected to appear in court today in connection with Tuesday’s multi-million-dollar robbery at Panday’s residence.
Kaieteur News understands that telephone records, as well as confession statements, have helped police to link the suspects to the crime.
According to a source, the phone records showed that the alleged perpetrators were in contact with each other.
Investigations so far have suggested that Mr. Panday’s mother-in-law, Chandrada Rampersaud
was the mastermind behind the botched robbery.
Rampersaud and her nephew, Hardat Kumar, as well as another relative, were arrested on Tuesday night at Pigeon Island, East Coast Demerara.
Kumar has reportedly told investigators that Rampersaud informed him about the money in the Panday’s home and he in turn told another suspect.
According to sources, the gang was planning the robbery for over three months.
One of the suspects allegedly then approached ex-cop Sean Hinds, who had once worked with the Pandays, and a meeting was set up between the mother-in-law and the other suspects.
The suspects have reportedly told detectives that the mother-in-law informed them that her daughter, Annie, would be home and that she would give the money without any fight.
It was alleged that the mother-in-law called her daughter some 30 minutes before the bandits came, to make certain that she was home.
The police had reported that Mr. Panday was with his wife, Anne Ramsood, their children and domestic employees at around 11:30 hrs, when the gunmen forced their way into the premises.
However, the businessman, who owns a chain of clothing stores, managed to slip away to a neighbour’s home and summoned the police.
Two of the men forced the businessman’s wife to open a safe from where they took an undisclosed sum of local and foreign currency before escaping in a waiting motor car bearing registration plates PKK 3700. But the police, who responded quickly, intercepted the vehicle in the Ocean Spray Hotel compound in Kitty.
Three of the suspects were arrested and a 9mm pistol, ammunition and cash were recovered.
Further investigations led to the interception of motor car PMM 9436 at Front Road, West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, the arrest of three other men, and the recovery of more of the stolen money.
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