Bicycle thief nabbed with illegal gun, ammo

The illegal gun with matching ammunition that was found in the suspect’s bag

Police in Division 4C (East Coast Demerara) have arrested a man who was accused of stealing a bicycle but was found with an illegal firearm and matching ammunition. Reports are that a party of policemen on patrol in a Force vehicle, assisted by two ranks on motorcycle patrol, responded to a report of stolen bicycles in Beterverwagting, ECD, at about 10:00h on Sunday. During the operation, a 22-year-old unemployed male of Paul’s Lane, Beterverwagting, was seen riding a bicycle that was positively identified by the victim as a stolen bicycle. The suspect was arrested along with the stolen bicycle and escorted to the Beterverwagting Police Station. At the time of his arrest, he was carrying a brown shoulder bag. On arrival at the station, he disposed of the bag away in the Police compound, however, it was recovered by a rank and upon inspection, a .38 revolver containing 6 live rounds of ammunition in the chamber and 6 live rounds in the bag were found. The cops questioned the young man whether he was a licensed firearm holder and he responded “no”. As a result, he was told of the offence and cautioned. He remained silent. The firearm was examined and no serial number was found. It was photographed, sealed and lodged. Meanwhile, the 22-year-old suspect was placed into custody pending charges.