Home News Tomb-raiders caught red-handed in Le Repentir Cemetery
A man and his female companion are now in Police custody after they were caught red-handed by cops attempting to raid a tomb at the Le Repentir Cemetery, Georgetown. Police are also searching for two male accomplices who spotted the Police and managed to escape.
Reports are that on Thursday, someone noticed the quartet breaking into the tomb and called 911.
A Police patrol was dispatched to the area and upon arriving, ranks noticed the four persons were breaking the concrete structure.
When the four perpetrators realised that the cops were approaching them, they dropped their tools and began to flee in separate directions which prompted the Police Officers to give chase.
However, the male and female were apprehended but their two accomplices escaped into nearby bushes.
Police Commander of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) Sub-division A (Georgetown), Assistant Police Commissioner Edgar Thomas, when contacted on Thursday about the incident, said that the tomb that the quartet vandalised was recently constructed.
He stated that the tomb has a female whose body was laid to rest about two weeks ago.
Commander Thomas noted that when relatives of the deceased were contacted about the situation, they visited the scene immediately and confirmed that while the concrete structure was damaged, the wooden casket was still intact.
Tomb-raiding continues to be executed throughout the country sporadically and in some cases, the perpetrators even remove the corpse or skeletal remains from their resting place.
Last year, in the month of April, the tomb of the wife of a popular businessman, Victor Warner, who was brutally murdered in 2011, was broken into and several of her body parts have disappeared when robbers recently invaded the La Belle Alliance Cemetery, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).
A cattle farmer had noticed the vandalised tomb and raised an alarm.
A visit to the scene revealed that the tomb-raiders used a mobile cutting torch to open the steel grill before opening the tomb.
In March 2019, US$300 was stolen from a coffin which was buried at a cemetery at Number 65 Village in Berbice.
The tomb of Roopnarine Kowlessar – who was 60 at the time of his death – was dug up and raided. He was only buried some two weeks earlier and had to be re-buried.
Two days prior to this, less than one day after the body of a 58-year-old man of Zeelugt on the West Coast of Demerara was laid to rest, his coffin was removed from the tomb and several items were stolen. A wristwatch and $2000 were removed from the coffin.