Apr 13, 2016 News
Police on the East Coast of Demerara have detained a young airport employee who drove up to a roadblock with a stolen Toyota Runx on Monday night. The car disappeared sometime between Sunday and Monday from the Ogle International Airport where it was parked by its owner, Andre Stoby.
Kaieteur News understands that Stoby, a gold miner, had parked the vehicle at the airport on Sunday with the intention of having a friend pick it up while he boarded a flight to the interior. He left the keys with a trusted security guard and told him that the friend would collect them.
According to Stoby’s wife, Cindy James, when the friend turned up to collect the car, it had vanished, and the security guard who was entrusted with the keys could give no reasonable explanation.
“When the persons go to collect it, no car. And when they start finding out about the key, nobody ain’t know about the key. When they finally call the security guard who he gave it to, the persons say it lost since the day before and they were looking for it,” James told this newspaper yesterday.
A report was made to the police and a countrywide alert was issued.
This newspaper was told that on Monday night, a police roadblock at Sparendaam, headed by Inspector Christopher Humphrey, observed a dark-coloured car approaching from Ogle to go further up the coast.
The driver of the car, upon seeing the roadblock attempted to turn around, immediately arousing the suspicions of the alert ranks on duty.
At the time they did not know that the car was the one that was reported stolen. Nevertheless, they ran towards the car and challenged the driver. They enquired from him why he was trying to turn around.
Kaieteur News learnt that the driver recognized Inspector Humphrey and tried to “reason” with him to be given a chance; but the Inspector did not budge.
The driver, who was later identified as an Ogle Airport employee, was ordered to come out of the vehicle, and a search was carried out on his person as well as the car.
When asked for his driver’s licence, the airport employee told the police that he had left it at home. Of course the police did not believe him, and he was promptly taken to the nearby Sparendaam Station where he was booked for the traffic offences.
The matter certainly did not end there. The police carried out checks and to their surprise, they discovered that the car was the same vehicle that was reported stolen earlier in the day.
When this was put to the airport employee, he claimed that the car belonged to his uncle.
The police contacted the owner’s wife and she denied any relations to the employee, even going further to inform that she did not know him.
The woman said that yesterday morning she received a call from the Sparendaam Police Station, indicating that they had her husband’s car there. She was loud in her praise for the police.
“I think I should really congratulate the police…this was really quick,” James declared.
She told this newspaper that she had never given up hope that the car would have been recovered.
A police source told Kaieteur News that the airport employee has confessed to stealing the car, claiming that he was working it as a taxi.
“We know he is lying; he was going to sell the man’s car,” the source said.
The airport employee is facing several charges, including larceny of a motor vehicle and being an unlicenced driver.
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