This Christmas is surely one that a West Coast farmer will remember for the rest of his life, given that he was robbed of $1 million right at the doorstep of his home yesterday afternoon.
The farmer, Ramdhar Singh, 52, of Railway Line, Windsor Forest, West Coast Demerara had just returned from Republic Bank’s, Vreed-en-Hoop, WCD, location.
Investigators believe that the man was traced from the bank by the bandits who were on a motorcycle.
Singh said that he took a taxi after conducting business at the bank and stopped for a few minutes at a shop to purchase bicycle parts.
After leaving the general store, he said his wife and him headed for home in the same taxi.
The man said as he exited the taxi at his home, a motorcycle rode up beside the car with the men who were armed. He added that one of the men had a helmet on, while the other’s face was visible, making him identifiable.
The bandit then pointed the gun at Singh’s head and demanded that he hand over the cash.
“Them tell me fuh give them de money and ask wheh de money deh”. He said he held on to his pocket and the man fired a shot in the air. It was his frightened wife that encouraged him to hand over the money which he did.
Meanwhile, the bandit’s colleague robbed the taxi driver of his cellular phone and relieved him of an undisclosed amount of cash before making good their escape.
The mater was subsequently reported to the Leonora Police Station where investigations are ongoing.
The troubled man told Kaieteur News that the money he had withdrawn from the bank was intended to be paid to somebody from whom he rents the rice farmlands.
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