Aug 11, 2017 News
– fail to breach cashier area
Gunmen snatched a special constable’s revolver and $37,000 from a customer during a brazen
robbery yesterday afternoon, at a Guyana Power and Light (GPL) customer service centre at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara.
But they were forced to abort an attempt to breach the cashier area after alert passersby raised an alarm.
The robbers tied up the special constable and a customer, and fired shots while escaping, but no one was hurt.
The robbers struck at around 14:15 hrs when the GPL service centre was open for business.
Two of the robbers entered and joined the line with other customers.
They seemed unfazed at the fact by the presence of an armed special constable who was on duty at the premises.
Kaieteur News understands that one of the men then requested to use the washroom.
At the same time, his accomplice drew a handgun from his haversack, pressed the weapon to the Special Constable’s head and relieved the rank of his revolver.
The gunman then ordered the constable and customers to lie on the floor.
A third man then entered with plastic cuffs and tied up the constable and a customer Ravindra Singh, a 40-year-old clothes vendor. The men relieved Singh of $37,000.
The bandits then attempted to break into the cashier area, but passersby who saw the commotion raised an alarm.
This caused the robbers to flee the building, while discharging two rounds in the air. The bandits then entered a silver-grey Toyota Allion, with licence plates, HC 6216.
Kaieteur News understands that while the customer service centre has no security cameras, CCTV cameras on other nearby buildings recorded the drama.
A GPL release stated that just after 14:00 hrs, three bandits “stormed our ‘Mon Repos Customer Service Centre in an attempt to rob the Centre.
“The Guyana Police Force (GPF) responded swiftly and foiled the attempted robbery. Customers’ personal belongings that were forcibly handed over were left behind as the bandits fled the scene,” the release stated.
There were no injuries to staffers nor customers.”
According to the statement, Executive Management expressed concern over the threat to the lives of staff and customers.
“Consequently, this centre will be closed tomorrow (today), Friday, August 11, 2017 and Saturday, August 12, 2017.
This Service Centre will be re-opened on Monday, August 14, 2017 for business as usual. GPL regrets the inconvenience caused.
However, the lives of our Staffers and Customers are paramount.”
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