Apr 17, 2016 News
Three persons were arrested yesterday for the robbery at the McDoom, East Bank Demerara (EBD) gas station which occurred around 2:45 hrs on Friday.
Kaieteur News was told that the men are among 11 persons who were arrested during a raid in the village Friday afternoon.
During the raid, police found an unlicensed 9mm Glock pistol with 35 matching rounds and twenty-six .32 rounds
Three bandits, early Friday morning, stormed the McDoom gas station, held one pump attendant hostage and sent the other worker to attend to customers so that they could get more money.
The police said in a statement that three men, all armed with firearms, entered the Shell Fuel Station at McDoom and held up the security guard and three female employees. They also took away cash and a cell phone.
It was further stated that while the robbery was in progress, the police were informed and responded promptly to the scene.
On arrival, the ranks came under fire from the perpetrators and returned fire. The men managed to escape into the village after the exchange of gunfire.
The gas station operator, Joel Edmond, said, “I am satisfied with what the police did. They always get negative publicity but they really, really worked.”
He recalled that around 03:00 hrs Friday morning, he received a call from one of his workers who informed him that there was a robbery at the gas station and that everyone was okay.
“I came down here immediately and was told that the police arrive at the scene and there was a shootout with the men,” Edmond said.
According to Edmond, the men entered the service station and held up the workers at gunpoint. They were held hostage in the washroom which is located at the side of the mini-mart.
Kaieteur News was told that the men were demanding the keys to the office and after they failed to get it, they shot at the grills on the door at the Mini Mart but could not get the door open.
“They got like $10,000. One of the attendants had like over $3,000 and the other one didn’t have any. We got a policy where they drop the cash as they sell,” Edmond stated.
After the gunmen did not get what they expected, they locked one pump attendant in the washroom and sent the other one to attend to customers. As the employee sold gas, they collected the money.
An employee, who was inside the Mini Mart, informed the police. Investigations are ongoing.
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