Three ex policemen who were nabbed in a car last November on the West Coast Berbice public road following the robbery of a Cambio dealer, were sentenced to three years imprisonment each.
The men Darren Bentick, 22, of 142 Cooper Street, Albouystown; Nigel Quely, 21, of Melanie Damishana, East Coast Demerara, and David Alder, 22, of Zorg-en-Hoop Housing Scheme, Blairmont West Bank Berbice were found guilty by Magistrate Rhondell Weaver before whom they appeared at the Blairmont Magistrate’s Court on a charge of robbery.
They were charged with robbing money changer Heeralall at Cotton Tree, West Coast Berbice, of money totaling $1.9M. It included US dollars, British Pounds, Canadian and Guyana currencies.
According to Prosecutor Inspector Grace Bristol, on the day in question, Heralall was on his way home on his motorcycle when in the vicinity of Cotton Tree, his path was blocked by a motor car containing the three men.
The men who were in a white heavily-tinted motor car which had on a false number plate, wound down the windows and shouted “police”, before showing the man a badge.
Heeralall attempted to drive away, but his path was blocked. Two of the men came out and accosted the man telling him that he is wanted at the police station. His bag with the money was taken away and he was told to walk to the car.
However, as he was making his way to the vehicle accompanied by two of the ‘policemen’ they sprinted away, re-entered the car and sped away.
The police were informed and mounted a roadblock at Fort Wellington, West Coast Berbice, where the men were intercepted.
The thieves professed their innocence and stated that they were police officers. However, they were arrested and taken into custody. The bag with the money and the other items were recovered in the vehicle.
The suspected getaway car with registration plate, PSS 5406, is owned by Bentick.
During investigations, the men constantly changed their story. On one occasion they stated that they were hired by the victim to stage the robbery, and that the money was to be divided.
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