A Chinese-owned supermarket located along Aubrey Barker Road was robbed yesterday
by four armed bandits. However, the efforts of public spirited citizens and police officers led to the successful capture of one of them. The incident took place around 12: 00 hrs.
Footage from GST supermarket’s CCTV cameras showed that the four men rode into the store’s compound and entered the building under the guise of regular customers. Minutes later, two of the men who were armed, approached the cashier and demanded cash and other valuables. Meanwhile, one of the bandits kept watch at the supermarket’s door. Another took cell phones from other employees along with gold chains and rings.
One of the bandits, dressed in jeans and what appeared to be a white shirt and red cap, secured the backpack with the ill-gotten gains and fled the scene. Alarmed by the screams of the owners, neighbours gave chase to the men who ran into Festival City Exit.
One eye witness said, “We hear de people dem screaming out ‘Thief !Thief! And we come out and we see them so we run behind them. But they run into the streets over there (Festival City Exit) thinking that they gun get away. But remember now, dem street got a set ah cul-de-sac and duh is how we know that dem bannas is nah from round here.
“But the police an all is another session because we call dem long, long and dem ain’t turn up. If they de turn up quick we woulda ketch dem other two men who run in the same area. But is just a few of us went behind them and we couldn’t handle all of them by we self.”
The owners of the supermarket were however, reluctant to speak to the media. One employee nonetheless expressed his disappointment with the tardiness of the police.
The Chinese national said, “I call police long, long time. They take long to come but when they want something they come quick. They here in no time…”
This newspaper understands that the police are treating the matter as an attempted robbery and it is currently being investigated.
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