Men robbed of car, cash by drinking buddies

Two men were robbed by their drinking buddies in separate robberies on Tuesday.
Reports are that Leroy Desantos, of Ocean View Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara (WCD), was robbed of his three gold chains by his drinking buddy. Police said that about 18:15h, the 25-year-old barber, along with the suspect and a few others, had just finished imbibing at Parika, East Bank Essequibo, when the barber joined the suspect’s car. The victim claimed that he fell asleep but awoke while in the vicinity of Crane, WCD, after the suspect stopped the car at Crane Old Road and he felt his chains being pulled from his neck. Police said the barber related that he managed to hold onto his chains. He told Police, after realising what had occurred, he asked the suspect “what happened”.
It was then Desantos exited the car, and the suspect sped off almost immediately. He reportedly lost control of the vehicle, which ended up in a nearby trench. Desantos told investigators that following the incident, he made further checks and discovered his wallet which contained $50,000 was missing.
Following the alleged robbery, the suspect was contacted and told of the allegation which he denied. He was then arrested and escorted to the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station.
Police said three pieces of yellow metal chain were handed over to them by the victim, and were lodged at the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station along with the car.
Investigations are ongoing.
Meanwhile, in another robbery, Joshua Mangru, of Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara (WBD), is also counting his losses, after a man with whom he was imbibing alcohol, allegedly stole his motor car on Tuesday about 19:40h at the Goed Fortuin Public Road.
Police said the car is a silver-grey 212, with licence plate number PGG 2003.
Reports are the car was parked on Goed Fortuin Public Road with the key in the ignition, when the suspect told the victim that he was going into the car to put on some music.
Mangru told Police that the man got into the car and reportedly drove away. He stated that the car is valued at $400,000.
Investigations are ongoing. (G9)