Gunmen posing as security storm GTT Giftland outlet

…escape with $13.4M; $6M in cheques

The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) outlet at the Giftland Mall, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, was on Thursday evening robbed by two armed men posing as security officers. The gunmen escaped with $13,420,487 and $6,015,524 in cheques.

GTT Giftland Mall location

The robbery occurred at about 21:45h.
Based on information received, the two suspects were dressed in the uniform used by a private security service that usually uplifts money from the outlet when it closes. However, on Thursday evening, a 27-year-old employee explained that she and five other staff members were on duty, when the two suspects, wearing face masks and fully dressed in the said security uniforms, approached her and checked the bags with the cash as per normal.
One of the suspects then went outside to the other staff members and brandished a handgun at them.
They were reportedly instructed to lie on the floor and without hesitation, they complied. The other suspect, who was in the supervisor’s room, took out a handgun from the waist of his pants and also instructed her to go on the floor.
The suspects duct-taped the mouths of the staffers and locked them in the booth. The perpetrators then took the cash, exited through a back door, made their way into the parking lot, entered a white Toyota Raum car, and made good their escape.
A short while after, the staff members managed to free themselves and an alarm was raised, but by that time the suspects had already escaped. Several persons were questioned and statements were taken as investigations continue.
Meanwhile, in a statement on Friday, the telephone company said they had engaged the Guyana Police Force and their investigation team on the issue. (G9)