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Jan 26, 2016 News
A man who allegedly supplied the Bank of Baroda robbers with false number plates for their car is now the third suspect in custody, as police continue investigations into last Friday’s heist.
Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum said that the suspect is the owner of the tint shop to which the robbery suspects took their car prior to the robbery.
Police have impounded the vehicle, which was fitted with false registration plates, PNN 8984.
Ranks from the Serious Crimes Unit of the CID, along with their counterparts on the East Coast of Demerara are said to be hot on the trail of the remaining gangsters.
Crime Chief Blanhum had stated that investigators are also interviewing several persons.
On Friday, about 12:50 hours, four armed men entered the bank, held up the lone female private security guard and relieved her of her .32 service revolver before turning their attention to the female tellers on duty.
In a five-minute ordeal, the perpetrators relieved the tellers of $2M before boarding a waiting silver grey/off white Premio motor vehicle bearing a “false registration plate”, PNN 8984.
Police said that they responded to the report quickly, setting up a number of strategic roadblocks, while all anti-crime patrols and Crime Intelligence Units went into action.
However, the bank robbers managed to escape capture.
But police subsequently arrested two suspects.
Kaieteur News understands that the captured robbers cracked under intense interrogation and provided detectives with a detailed account of their operation.
According to a source, the men planned the robbery at a house in North East La Penitence, the day before it was executed.
They then went up to Mon Repos and carried out surveillance of the bank along with the possible getaway routes.
After this, they went to a tint shop early Friday morning where they obtained false licence plates, which they fitted on to the silver grey car they were using to commit the robbery.
They eventually mobilized in the city while awaiting a telephone call from a person who was staking out the bank.
Before long the call came and the bandits drove to the area. On their way they covered their faces with cloth before storming the bank.
After disarming the security guard, the bandits grabbed the cash from a canister and placed it into a pillow case before fleeing in the waiting car.
The two captured bandits told investigators that they drove west to Beterverwagting, two villages away, and dropped off one accomplice.
They then went to the North East La Penitence home of one of the gang, where they counted the stolen cash before proceeding to split up the loot.
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