Monday 17 June, 2019

Police investigating robbery at Piarco International Airport

Update December 12, 2018, 4:35 pm:

The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) has confirmed that an incident took place on Monday at the Piarco International Airport, in which a man pretending to be a security guard was given a quantity of cash by airline officials at the Caribbean Airline Limited's (CAL) North Terminal office. 

The AATT said the man, who pretended to be a G4S security officer, was given access to the airline’s office by one of CAL's employees, and a quantity of cash was given to him.

AATT said however that after the man left with the cash, it was determined that the individual was not an authorised G4S security officer.

AATT said the incident occurred in an office for which the airline has responsibility for access and security of transactions of this nature.

Upon being notified, the Authority said it immediately commenced an investigation into the matter and contacted the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

"The TTPS has also launched an investigation into the incident and the Airports Authority Security Force is working with the TTPS," the Authority said. 

"The Authority continues to work with airlines and concessionaires to strengthen and improve their security protocols and wishes to reassure the public that we are committed to working with all stakeholders to maintain the highest levels of safety and security at the nation’s airports," the Authority said. 

 

Original story:

Police are investigating after a man dressed as a security guard allegedly took an undisclosed sum of money from the Piarco International Airport on Monday.

Caribbean Airlines confirmed in a statement Monday that 'an undisclosed sum of money' was taken from the Piarco International Airport by a man purporting to be a G4S Security Officer.

CAL said the matter has been reported and is being investigated by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) said it will be issuing a statement shortly on the incident.

In 2017, four people were charged in connection with a daring multi-million-dollar heist at Piarco's cargo facility on December 6, 2017, after men, wearing camouflage uniforms and armed with high-powered weapons, entered the cargo compound and robbed a cart containing piles of cash, bound for Tobago.

Two people were held by police after they were caught with approximately $250,000 in cash some days after the robbery.

Four people were charged: Kizzy Bernard was charged with money laundering and receiving stolen money, Kenol Singh, 35, of Longdenville, was jointly charged with money laundering along with Kevon Findley, 42, and Abdul Mohammed, 38, who were charged with robbery with aggravation.

Findley and Mohammed, both of Diego Martin, were separately charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

More as this story is updated. 

 

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