Two armed bandits yesterday gun-butted an elderly man and tortured his wife for several minutes before escaping with more than $3M in cash, groceries and other valuables.
This occurred around 03:30 hrs at the home of Takurgobin Katwaroo, 62, and his wife, 59-year-old Deowattie, at Lot 96 Little Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD).
The couple operates a grocery store at their home and they are the only occupants of the property.
The bandits, according to reports, escaped leaving a screw driver, cutlass, beer and Guinness bottles behind.
There are reports that the armed men entered the two-storey house by jumping over a neighbour’s fence and walking on top a shed at the Katwaroo’s home to climb on to the verandah.
They then cut the grill on the door and entered the house which has four rooms. At the time of the robbery, the husband and wife were sleeping in the last room.
Ravi, the couple’s grandson, said that when the men entered the house, they ransacked the three rooms. Not satisfied with what they got, they started a fire in front of the Katwaroo’s bedroom to get the couple to open their bedroom door.
“When the smoke started to go in the room, my grandfather see and he open the door to go and see what it was but as soon as he opened the door, he get a lash in his head with the gun,” the young Katwaroo said.
The couple was tied and gagged. The bandits informed the 59-year-old woman that if she did not hand over all their valuables, they would shoot her husband dead.
The men escaped only after they were convinced that they had got all of the valuables that were in the house.
Just as they were leaving, they told the couple that it was their next door neighbour, who sent them to the house.
However, Ravi Katwaroo said that the men were informed that his grandparents and their next door neighbours do not speak to each other and tried to set them up. “They also said that they were the ones who rob (his grandparents) last week.”
According to the grandson, last week, thieves entered the grocery shop and escaped with milk, cigarettes, phone cards, money and other items.
They entered the shop by cutting the grill work. No one saw when they entered.
While there is no suspect as yet, the police visited the scene and took fingerprints. Investigations are ongoing.
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