Armed bandits storm auto shop

…beat, rob customer, employees
…escape with businessman’s gun

Police are on the hunt for six men, who beat and robbed employees and a customer at the Rich Thriving Auto Repair and Servicing Company, Industrial Site Ruimveldt, Georgetown.
The brazen daylight robbery occurred at about 14:45h on Wednesday.
When Guyana Times arrived on the scene moments after the incident, a worker attached to the company related that the armed men were all clad in black hoodies, long sleeve jerseys and tope headwear. He related that the bandits exited two motorcars – a Toyota Allion and Premio – which bore “straight plate” as if the vehicles came from an auto sale dealer. Another employee related that the bandits immediately rushed into the auto repair shop, where at least nine employees were on duty with one customer, who had arrived at the business premises minutes before the gunmen pounced. The bandits hit some of the staff and the lone customer over the head with their guns and demanded that they turn over all their valuables. The victim of the attack, a businessman, explained that he would normally fix his car at the auto body and repair shop.
“I come here at the workshop to fix my car and I saw two cars with six to eight persons come out. They take money, phone and my licensed guns. I saw four or five guns, they lash me,” the battered Chinese businessman told this publication.
When he spoke to Guyana Times, he was holding his head with a cloth as blood was at the time still streaming from his head. The injured employee, who had a stream of blood flowing from his head, was too distraught to speak with this newspaper.
Another employee who witnessed the ordeal pointed out that the men were arguing.
“They had jersey to cover their nose but they’re eyes and head were showing. I doing me work and see the two cars pull up and I see this thing long in he bag. They [were] just arguing with one another and one said, we got to get something before we leff here,” the young man added.
Police responded promptly and took statements from those who witnessed the robbery.
Last Tuesday at Stabroek Market Square, a taxi driver plying his trade had his silver-grey Toyota Premio hijacked by bandits at Atlantic Ville, Greater Georgetown. Police subsequently issued an advisory which warned taxi operators in the city to be on guard against bandits who had the aim of carjacking Toyota Premio and Allion models which were the same two identified in Wednesday afternoon’s brazen robbery at Industrial Site, Ruimveldt.
Police investigations are continuing. (Shemuel Fanfair)