Duo robbed at gunpoint while dining at WBD restaurant

– gunmen cart off over $3.5M in items

An image from the CCTV footage showing the bandits relieving the victims of their valuables

Police are now on the hunt for two men who robbed two patrons at gunpoint of a whopping $3.5 million worth of gold jewellery, cash and other valuables while they were dining on Sunday evening.
The incident took place between 20:15h and 20:30h, at Hong Xiang restaurant, which is located at Lot 15 Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara (WBD).
According to reports received, Navindra Kooblall, a 34-year-old boat captain of La Grange Old Road, WBD, was dining along with Leon Dyal, a 33-year-old sales representative of Aron Street, Goed Fortuin, at a Chinese restaurant when the gunmen attacked them.
Kooblall was reportedly relieved of six gold chains valued $2,145,000, two gold rings valued $220,000, one gold band valued $400,000 along with an iPhone 11 Pro Max cell phone valued $320,000, one Samsung A17 cell phone valued $150,000 and US$1500.
Meanwhile, Dyal was relieved of one Samsung A50 cellular phone valued at $60,000 along with $155,000 in local currency and US$200. The entire ordeal was captured on the CCTV cameras that are placed at strategic locations on the premises.
From the CCTV footage, one of the suspects was seen pulling the chains from the victim’s neck while his accomplice targeted Dyal. Following the robbery, the two armed men made good their escape in their getaway car – a white 212 motor vehicle.
After the robbery, Police arrived at the scene and conducted a search for the perpetrators but no one was seen. Nevertheless, Police said thus far, several persons have been questioned.
On Thursday, a 54-year-old businessman was robbed at gunpoint at his Calendar Street property.
Based on reports received, the man was sitting in front of his business place when one of the perpetrators entered his shop and as he was making his way out, he attacked the victim and snatched off the gold chain that he was wearing at the time.
The gold chain weighed about 40 pennyweights.
However, the businessman said he had attempted to open a pepper spray, but the armed bandit whipped out a handgun and pointed it at him. The other perpetrator then relieved the businessman of his two cellular phones. They both escaped on foot.