Five armed men in the wee hours of Friday morning invaded the property of a well-known Canje businessman
and carted off over $1M in items. The robbery took place at about 02:30h at Lot 135 New Street, East Canje, Berbice, home of Abdool Rashied Hack.
Reports are the businessman and his wife were asleep in the patio area when they were awakened by unusual sounds. As the sounds continued, the businessman immediately grabbed his wife and ran to a secured area.
Once secured he reportedly opened a windows and raised an alarm but this did not deter the armed men from getting into the house. The men, according to reports used a wood to break a door and also discharged a round, shattering a glass window.
After gaining entry, the men went to one of the bedrooms where they searched for cash and jewellery but after coming up empty-handed they collected a quantity of phone cards valued close to $1 million and other items valued another $200,000.
A neighbour related to this newspaper that they were afraid to offer assistance since the men were armed but rather contacted the police and reported that a robbery was in progress.
The neighbour related that she saw two men in an empty plot of land keeping guard while the others were in the house.
“They had a cell phone and one of them call somebody and say, “neighbours wake up, neighbours wake up” and then all five of them walk in a line and went to the road,” the woman stated.
Guyana Times was told the men were all dressed in black and carrying guns. In addition, they were masked.
When contacted Divisional Commander Ian Amsterdam related that a thorough investigation will be conducted into the robbery while noting that no arrest was made.