…after robbing Regent Street store
Two bandits, pretending to be customers yesterday entered Isaac Computer Electronics located in the upper flat of the Regent Multiplex Mall on Regent and Wellington Streets and carted off almost $2M in articles.
The knife-wielding bandits escaped with laptops, Samsung and Blackberry phones, and computer tablets after they tied up the two staff members on duty, put them to lie on the ground and gagged them with paper.
However, by mid-afternoon, one of the suspected thieves was hospitalized with a bullet to the stomach. He was shot in the vicinity of Stabroek Market having been tracked there by the owner of the store. From his hospital bed, the man claimed that he was an innocent victim.
Proprietor of the electronics store, Anthony Sarjoo, told Kaieteur News that he was just about to leave home when he received a call from one his workers, informing him that the store was robbed.
He explained that his workers informed him that two men entered the stall and asked for their phone to be repaired. “When my worker collected the phone and opened it, one of the men put a knife to his neck and took him at the back and tied him up.”
According to Sarjoo, while one of the bandits stayed at the back of the stall to make sure that his staff member didn’t move, the other one picked up two haversacks from his store and packed the valuables inside and escaped within seconds.
The shot man was reportedly found with some of the articles removed from the store. He was identified as 25-year-old Dwayne Charles of Charlestown.
According to reports, about 4:00 pm yesterday, Charles was standing in the vicinity of KFC in the company of two men when a motor car pulled up and man came out and discharged a round into a crowd of people.
“All I heard is don’t move, don’t run and then I hear a POW and people start running for cover,” an eyewitness said. The source said that a man was left lying on the ground bleeding from his stomach.
The eyewitness said that the man was then rushed to the GPHC.
According to one of the store owners, they received word that one of the suspects was in the market area and decided to give chase. The man added that he saw the assailant standing in front of KFC and discharged a shot after he tried to escape.
Up to press time Charles remained in a stable condition under close arrest at the hospital.
Yesterday, when Kaieteur News arrived at the store, police were already questioning persons and dusting for fingerprints.
“I never thought this would have happened. I was never robbed before and I didn’t expect anyone to come till up here and rob me,” the businessman said.
He also noted that on Tuesday a man entered his store. “He look very suspicious and he ask me for phone card so I told him that I don’t have and I sent him to another stall and a little after I hear he and the girl from the stall had some argument.”
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