During the wee hours of Sunday, three men broke down the backdoor of popular drinking spot, BL Beer Garden at Lot 9 Public Road, Albouystown, and robbed businessman Giriraj Bridgelall aka Rocky, savagely beating him in the process.
The entire robbery was captured on camera. The video clearly shows the face of at least two of the bandits. A third partially concealed his face with a piece of cloth.
Footage captured by an outdoor surveillance camera shows the three men approaching the back of the building around 2am, checking a window and upon noticing the camera, removing it. Kaieteur News had an opportunity to view the security footage that was captured by internal cameras. They show a sleeping Bridgelall and his wife in the shop. Upon hearing the noise of the door being breached, Bridgelall rushed out of bed only to be thrown into a corner by one of the men.
While Bridgelall was being assaulted, one of the bandits stuck a gun to his wife’s head and relieved her of her wedding and engagement rings. The men continued beating Bridgelall, stomping him to the brink of unconsciousness.
The video shows one of the men about to strike Bridgelall in the back with a heavy wooden stool but his accomplice stopped him. Bridgelall’s father posited that had the bandit hit Bridgelall, his son would have sustained a broken back at the very least.
After the savage beating, the men gagged and bound Bridgelall and proceeded to search the premises for valuables.
The bandits carted off $497,000 in cash and a number of miscellaneous articles. They subsequently made good their escape with their loot.
Shortly after the ordeal, Bridgelall recovered enough to go to the Ruimveldt Police Station and lodged a report. The police reportedly went to the location and reviewed the surveillance footage. According to reports the police have identified at least one of the perpetrators as “Pragso”.
Some close friends of Bridgelall have also identified another of the robbers by his alias “Turrell”. The men are reportedly well known criminals.
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