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Guyana: Spate of robberies reported

Seven robberies and twelve victims including two security guards and at least four businessmen.

Those are some crime statistics reported between Wednesday, May 19, 2021, and May 26, 2021, according to press releases from the Guyana Police Force.

May 19 — Woman’s gold chain, gold ring snatched

Neikisa October became the victim of a robbery that occurred on Regent Street, Georgetown on Wednesday, May 19.

She was reportedly walking along the said street when a man, whom she observed following her, approached her from behind and pulled a gold chain — with a gold ring attached to it — from around her neck.

The stolen items are valued at close to GYD$500,000.

A 22-year-old vendor, Darrell Glasgow, also known as ‘Loud Up’ of ‘C’ Field Sophia, was arrested on Friday, May 21, 2021, after the victim reported the matter to police. He was positively identified by the victim from an identification parade.

Glasgow pleaded not guilty to the charge of simply larceny when he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, May 25. Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan ordered him remanded to prison until his next court appearance on June 8, 2021.

Four Better Hope residents robbed

Four residents of Better Hope, East Coast Demerara were the victims of an armed robbery on Saturday, May 22, committed by a lone gunman, according to a news release from the police.

The victims have been revealed as a 21-year-old female, a 23-year-old housewife, a 44-year-old fisherman, and a 45-year-old businesswoman.

The victims were reportedly inside a yard when the lone gunman entered, pointed a gun at them, and ordered them to “freeze”.

He then demanded that they hand over their valuables which included: an A21s Samsung cell phone valued at GYD$70,000; a Samsung A10 cell phone valued at GYD$50,000; a10 pennyweight gold chain valued at GYD$100,000; three gold rings valued at GYD$60,000; an Alcatel cell phone valued at GYD$6,000; GYD$80,000 in cash; a diamond ring valued at GYD$175,000 and a gold band valued at GYD$300,000.

Police said one of the victims was hit in the face with the handgun by the bandit when he got up from his chair. The bandit then pointed the gun at the businesswoman’s head and demanded money.

Police said the gunman fled the scene with the valuables in a white Axio motor car which was tinted black. It was apparently parked outside the yard.

Mechanic robbed, beaten

Police said that around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, 2021, a 27-year-old mechanic of Lodge, Georgetown was beaten and robbed of his gold chain, a 10 pennyweight valued at GYD$50,000.

The crime was reportedly carried out by two bandits on a BMX bicycle, one of whom was armed with a cutlass.

The incident occurred on the Turkeyen eastern highway access road, East Coast Demerara.

According to police, the mechanic was sitting on his motorcycle on the access road near the Movie Towne Mall when the bandits rode up to him. One of the bandits began to beat him with the cutlass while the other snatched his gold chain from his neck.

They escaped on the BMX bicycle.

The victim sustained minor injuries and went for medical treatment.

No one has been arrested, to date but investigations continue, according to police sources.

Corentyne businessman and female robbed

Police said GYD$550,000 in cash, one diamond ring valued at USD$3,000, and one iPhone valued at USD$1,000 were taken by three masked gunmen on Sunday, May 23, 2021, when they robbed a 57-year-old businessman and a 23-year-old female, who are both residents of Friendship, Corentyne, Berbice.

Police said in a press release that the incident occurred around 8 p.mm. when the victims were sitting in their hammocks.

The three bandits, each armed with a handgun, and all dressed in black clothing, held the victims at gunpoint and demanded that they handed over their valuables, according to the news release.

Police said bandits took the victims to the upper flat of the building and tied them up. The businessman was punched in his left eye, causing injuries.

The trio escaped after taking the cash and valuables, police said.

The three gunmen relieved the victims of the cash and valuables and made good their escape.

Businessmen, security guard beaten and robbed

Criminals were busy again, this time on Monday, May 24, 2021, at Friendship, East Bank Demerara when three bandits beat, tied up, and robbed two businessmen and a security guard.

The bandits, all armed with handguns and dressed in dark-coloured hoodies and face masks, attacked shortly after one of the businessmen, age 52, opened his RI RI FU supermarket at about 7:20 a.m.

They walked into the supermarket and without warning immediately lashed the security guard in the back head, causing him to fall to the floor.

Police further reported that the bandits proceeded to tie the hands and feet of the security guard and the 52-year-old businessman using black plastic straps.

Police said the businessman was also lashed in the head by the bandits.

While one guarded the victims, the other two bandits went upstairs and tied up the other businessman, age 27, ransacked a bedroom.

All three victims were relieved of their valuables. The items stolen were GYD$660,000 in cash; Digicel phone cards valued at GYD$120,000; a blue A21s Samsung cell phone valued at GYD$60,000; a blue Vivo cell phone valued at GYD$40,000, and a gold Samsung S6 cell phone valued at GYD$46,000.

The bandits fled but not before removing two DVRs, the police said in the news release.

A female employee, who later arrived at work, untied the businessmen and the security guard, and the police were alerted.

No one has been arrested but investigations continue.

Taxi driver robbed by female and male bandits

A 31-year-old GR taxi service driver was the victim of an armed robbery carried out by a female and two male bandits on Monday, May 24, 2021, around 7:45 p.m., on First Street, Agricola, East Bank Demerara (EBD), police said in a news release.

A 19-year-old male suspect has since been arrested in connection with the robbery.

According to the release, the taxi driver went to pick up the three suspects who requested to be dropped off at First Street, Agricola.

When the taxi arrived at the location, the passenger who was in the front seat, reportedly put the car’s gear stick in park. They then pointed guns at the taxi driver who was subsequently beaten in the head with a gun and robbed of his Samsung Galaxy J-7 cell phone valued at GYD$47,000, GYD$10,000 in cash, and his documents.

Police said the taxi driver made a report to officers of the Agricola Police Outpost who escorted him on a patrol in Agricola where he pointed out the 19-year-old as one of the perpetrators.

Female security guard robbed

Two bandits carted off with a Samsung Galaxy S5 cellphone valued at GYD$40,000 and backpack with GYD$10,000 in cash and personal documents after they robbed a 26-year-old security guard while she was heading home, walking on Cooper Street and Punt Trench in Albouystown, Georgetown.

According to a news release, the police said the security guard was walking east along Punt Trench when she passed the bandits sitting at the corner of King Edward Street.

Police said the two bandits pounced on her from behind as she approached the corner of King Edward Street.

One bandit pointed a gun at her while the other took her bag and other items.

Police said the bandits fled north along Cooper Street,

No one has been arrested.