– as businessman robbed after leaving banks
The Guyana Association of Bankers says that it is working with “the relevant authorities” to stop the spate of recent robberies on its customers.
The statement came a day after gunmen relieved a Drysdale Street, Charlestown businessman of $2M shortly after he visited two commercial banks at Diamond, East Bank Demerara.
Police said that Jonathan Alli, 30, who owns a grocery and confectionary establishment at Diamond, East Bank Demerara, and an employee Dexter Cyrus, drove his bus to the GBTI branch around 12:10 hours on Tuesday.
Alli changed two cheques valued at $1.5M. The men then went to the Demerara Bank in the same area, where Alli changed a $500,000 cheque.
The businessman and employee then drove to Alli’s Drysdale Street residence. Just as they exited the bus, a silver-grey car, with licence number HC 4682 stopped nearby. Three men, including one with a handgun, ordered Alli to hand over a bag containing the money.
The robbers also relieved Alli and his worker of their cell phones before escaping.
In its release, the Guyana Association of Bankers (GAB) stated that it was “deeply concerned about the escalating incidence of persons being targeted after conducting financial transactions at commercial banks.”
“We strongly condemn these incidents, and wish to assure our customers and the public at large that we as an industry are working with the relevant authorities and internally with all member banks with a view to arresting this trend.”
“The safety of our valued customers and staff remain paramount among our priorities, and we continue to cooperate with law enforcement in addressing any factors that compromise this position.
“In the interest of safety, we take this opportunity to encourage customers and members of the public to as far as possible, refrain from conducting large cash transactions, and instead, utilise other secured methods of payment, such as manager’s cheques and direct payments. At this time, local security escort services should be considered for persons or businesses which may require transportation of significant sums.”
Last week, bandits shot Caricom Secretariat official, Lionel Persaud in the right leg and robbed him of $264,000.
Persaud, 59, a programme manager, was cornered outside his Atlantic Gardens, East Coast Demerara residence at around 14:00 hrs, shortly after leaving a commercial bank.
The shooter and an accomplice arrived and escaped by car.
Persaud had visited the Republic Bank on the East Coast of Demerara before heading home in his car. When he arrived, the occupants of another vehicle approached from a northern direction and blocked Persaud’s path.
A man then exited from the back seat, pointed a handgun at the Caricom Secretariat official, and relieved him of a bag containing the cash he had withdrawn.
The bandit then shot Persaud in the upper right leg after he failed to respond quickly enough when ordered to lie on the ground.
Persaud was the second person to have been shot.
Around 13:00 hrs last week Wednesday, electrical contractor Bisnauth Chan, also called Terry Chan, was shot in the head and relieved of $600,000 just after leaving a commercial bank and entering his workplace at Foulis, East Coast Demerara.
Chan, 38, had cashed an $800,000 cheque at the Republic Bank branch at Triumph, East Coast Demerara.
The robber and an accomplice escaped with the cash on a CG motorcycle, which had no number plates.
Chan has been admitted to hospital with a fractured skull. He is said to be in stable condition after undergoing surgery.
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