…most of the booty recovered
Six men are in custody after a daring robbery on Phone Depot yesterday afternoon. Three were arrested in Tucville and three in Sussex Street.
While most people were busy with last minute shopping in the busy downtown Georgetown, three armed bandits stormed the Phone Depot on Middle Street, making off with several laptop computers, cellular phones and digital cameras. They were also said to have removed $200,000 from one of the customers.
The attack took place around 15:00 hours yesterday.
The bandits, brandishing guns, ordered the employees of the facility as well as customers to lie on the floor and then proceeded to force open several glass cases which contained the items.
They also relieved the customers of all their valuables in the 10-minute blitz. By this time the men began grabbing the laptop computers, cameras and cellular phones.
Acting on information, the police swooped down on Oasis Taxi Service where they arrested the driver who not only took the gunmen to the scene but who waited on them and facilitated their escape.
It turned out that one of the gunmen was the taxi driver’s brother.
The driver took the police to a location where he said that he dropped off the men. But the police soon learnt that that was a diversion, that some of the men were transported by a driver attached to Wings Taxi Service.
Two of the gunmen were taken to Tucville. The police raided the home but found nothing. However, at the Sussex Street location where the others were dropped off the police found most of the articles removed from Phone Depot.
The recovered items included more than 50 cellular phones, some 15 cameras, an Uzi, some of the laptops and a diamond ring taken from one of the customers. The money was not recovered, nor the other guns used in the robbery.
A male employee of the store told this newspaper that he was standing behind the glass door entrance when the first bandit entered.
The employee said that he was dealt a cuff to his face and told to lie down while two more bandits barged in.
All the other employees, as well as the customers complied as the bandits menacingly pointed their guns at them.
According to the employee, two of the bandits went to the cashier’s cage and demanded that the cashier open the cash register.
But for some strange reason the register did not open.
As other customers kept coming into the store, they too were made to lie down and relieved of their valuables.
Then one of them signaled to the others that time was up and the men hurriedly left after what was described as a well planned robbery.
The police who were summoned subsequently turned up managed to lift several prints from the scene. The arrests and recovery of the items cap what the people say is excellent police work.