Carefully coordinated action by an East Coast Demerara businessman and the police yesterday, led to the capture of two armed bandits who had earlier robbed an establishment at Strathspey.
The men were intercepted in a motor vehicle along Mandela Avenue by the police after leading the businessman on a chase all the way from Vigilance on the East Coast, through several streets in Bel Air and Campbellville.
It all started around 13:00 hours when the two gunmen entered the business place at Strathspey where they attacked businesswoman Oma Persaud.
According to reports reaching this newspaper, one of the men entered the establishment and ordered Persaud and one of her employees to lie face down while demanding cash. He then called his partner who emerged from a white Toyota Allion motor car, which had pulled up in front of the business place.
The partner took away a bunch of keys from the businesswoman which he used to gain access to an undisclosed amount of cash that was in a drawer. They then re-entered the car and sped away further up the Coast.
Persaud’s husband was on the road when he received a telephone call informing him that bandits had just robbed his store. But by then the bandits had switched cars and were now moving in a Toyota AT 212 motor car, making an about turn to head to the city. They made the mistake of passing back in the vicinity of the store they had just robbed and the alert businessman who had returned home and was standing on the roadway, noticed the suspicious movements of the men in the car as it passed.
“They were looking back all the time and I suspect it was them, so I followed them,” he told this newspaper.
“I trail the car to town and like they realized that they were being followed, so they drive through Bel Air and all dem street in Campbellville and come out on Sheriff Street,” the businessman recounted.
By this time the man had alerted the police, giving them his location via cellular phone.
As the bandits’ car was proceeding along Mandela Avenue, the police, who were given its description, intercepted it.
According to a police press release, the two men have been positively identified and are in police custody awaiting charges. The police did not say if any weapon was found on the suspects or if any of the stolen cash was recovered.
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