Bandits target bank goers; over $43,000 in cash stolen
Citizens going to and from the bank on Thursday found themselves the targets of criminal elements.
In South Trinidad, a couple was robbed of $39,000 cash comprised of the new $100 polymer bills.
According to police reports, around 3 pm on Thursday, the couple left a bank in Gulf View and were heading home.
While driving through the Philippine area, they slowed down to drive over a hump in the road and the vehicle behind them sped up alongside them.
A man in the other vehicle pulled out a firearm and ordered the couple to pull over.
The assailant announced a hold-up and robbed the victims of their money before fleeing the scene.
Police suspect that the couple had been followed from the bank by the robbers.
WPC DeBough is continuing inquiries.
On Thursday morning in D’Abadie, a prison officer was robbed at gunpoint while waiting for her car to be inspected.
The woman, who is attached to the Golden Grove Prison, had just left a bank where she had withdrawn $4,000 in cash.
She parked her vehicle near the entrance of the Inspection Bay located along Mausica Road, D’Abadie to get her vehicle checked.
While waiting, she was confronted by two men who announced a hold-up and relieved the woman of her cash, jewellery, and documents, before escaping in a white Nissan Almera.
Police suspect that the woman was followed from the bank and that the assailants did not know she was a prison officer.
Cpl Ali is continuing inquiries.
In another incident, an elderly woman, who went to Republic Bank in Trincity yesterday morning to deposit cash and pay bills was robbed.
However, the thieves only got away with the woman’s bills.
Police were told that the woman was walking towards the bank with envelopes containing the bills and the cash.
She was accosted by some men who grabbed the bigger envelope and ran off.
But unbeknownst to them, the bigger envelope only contained the woman’s bills.
The woman raised an alarm and officers from the Arouca police station responded.
She was said to be unharmed.
Inquiries into all three incidents are ongoing.