A West Coast Demerara (WCD) family is left traumatised after four unmasked bandits, all armed, barged into their business and terrorised them before taking off with an undisclosed sum of cash and other items.
Guyana Times understands that the robbery took place sometime around 12:10h on Saturday at a grocery shop at Lot 26 La Jalousie Public Road, WCD. The owner, businessman Bhupaul Panday, was in the shop with his wife, son and daughter along with two customers when the bandits pounced on them.
It was reported that the perpetrators tied up the six individuals with duct tape as they ransack the premises in search of valuables.
A relative related to this newspaper that the men stormed the shop, all armed with handguns, and kicked down the door to gain entry behind the counter. The men immediately began ripping out the electronics in the house including the computers, the DVR attached to the surveillance camera and the phone lines.
“They just walked in and kick down the door… and start ripping off all the electronics in the house and beat up the people them,” the relative stated.
They then began to terrorise the family, asking for money and other valuables, the relative noted. The bandits then duct-taped the four Panday family and the two customers as they searched the house for whatever valuables they could get their hands on. However, they kept on hitting the owners, demanding more money and jewellery.
“They took a bunch of things with them, personal items and so on but they keep hitting the people them, as if what they were taking weren’t enough. They wanted more,” the relative noted.
After some time, the four bandits realised time was running out and so made good their escape.
This newspaper understands that the men were able to take with them phone cards, laptops, cash and jewellery.
Police sources also confirmed that the perpetrators managed to get hold of the businessman’s hand and shot guns, which they also took with them.
According to the relative, after fleeing from the shop, the bandits jumped into two awaiting cars: “These two cars were seen pulling off from in front of the shop and heading towards Vreed-en-Hoop side,” the relative disclosed.
The Police were alerted and immediately launched an investigation. Police ranks in D Division (West Demerara) have since confirmed to Guyana Times that two persons have been arrested and are in custody assisting with investigations.
However, this newspaper could not confirm whether those persons arrested were among the four bandits who barged in and terrorised the Panday family and their two customers.
Meanwhile, the victims had to be taken for medical attention as a result of the beating they suffered.