Licks for Arouca robber
Villagers came to the aid of one of their own yesterday, when a woman was robbed of a bag containing $32,000.
According to police reports, the businesswoman, who runs a NLCB booth near Lopinot Junction, had left her business around 2pm yesterday with the bag of cash with the intent to deposit the money in the bank.
The money, police were told, represented sales for the past week.
However, as she was walking towards the nearby bank, she was approached by a man who is known to reside in the area.
The suspect grabbed the bag from the woman and ran with it.
However, the woman pursued the suspect, all the while shouting “thief!” as she raised an alarm.
A group of people who were standing along the Eastern Main Road at the time heard the woman’s cries and saw the suspect. They too gave chase, and were able to detain the suspect.
The suspect dropped the bag when cornered, however, he was given a “sound beating” by the community members.
The police were notified and a team of officers from the Arouca Police Station, led by Sgt Almond responded.
The suspect was taken to the police station and was expected to be placed on identification parades for other robberies.
While the police in no way condoned actions of violence or vigilantism, LoopTT was told that the actions of the community who stood up for one of their own was commended as it resulted in the detention of the suspect.