POLICE on Monday once again responded with precision, nabbing four armed bandits shortly after they had robbed a grocery shop at Liverpool Village Corentyne, and had assaulted a woman.In a statement, police said that at about 10:00h on Monday, motor vehicle HC 4442 with four men inside drove up to a grocery shop at Liverpool Village, Corentyne. Two of the men, one of whom had a bag with a long object inside, went into the shop and confronted the 53-year-old businesswoman, during which they demanded cash and assaulted her. The woman raised an alarm and the men ran back to the motor vehicle in their escape bid. Ranks of a police motor cycle anti-crime patrol were informed and other patrols and police stations were alerted.
Subsequently, a police corporal armed with a service shotgun stopped the vehicle outside the Albion Police Station, but the suspect with the bag managed to run away. He was pursued and apprehended by the corporal, and an unlicensed sawn-off shotgun and 6 cartridges were found in his possession. The other three suspects had meanwhile driven away in the motor car. Two of them were later arrested in another taxi at a police roadblock along the approach to the Berbice River Bridge, the police statement added. The fourth suspect, who was driving the getaway vehicle, was later arrested at a roadblock at Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara, after he had driven through one at Weldaad, WCB.
The four men are in police custody assisting with the investigations.
Police have, over time, been intercepting most of the bandits amid concerns about a spike in crime. Deputy Police Commissioner David Ramnarine told this newspaper last week that the Guyana Police Force has been making more arrests, and has cracked a number of murder cases within days of the crime. Ramnarine said the Force is especially thankful for the cooperation of members of the public in its intelligence-gathering, which has resulted in the GPF making several arrests.
The senior police officer said cooperation from members of the public has been outstanding and quite helpful in cracking several other cases, but CCTV cameras and AFPIS, a finger printing method, have resulted in many other arrests and prosecutions of criminals on the run.
In the use of the AFPIS as a crime fighting tool, 82 positive identifications of finger prints were made in 2015, and those have resulted in 38 charges being made. Twenty-three of such identifications were done within the past three months, he said. Of those, 13 burglary charges were made, seven break-and-enter-and-larceny charges were made, and three charges of simple larceny were also instituted. Government’s CCTV camera monitoring systems, installed at various points in Georgetown and on the East Coast and East Bank of Demerara, have resulted in identification of several persons caught in criminal activities. The monitoring of these cameras is done at CID Headquarters, and 17 persons have been arrested, including two murder suspects; seven suspected of being involved in robbery-under-arms, one person for a narcotics-related crime, one for abduction, and six simple larceny criminals.
Seven extractions were done from CCTV cameras installed by private individuals, and as a result, five arrests were made for robbery-under-arms and two for murder, including the arrest of Colin Alleyne, 23, of Cemetery Road, Timehri, who was wanted for the murder of an old woman on the East Coast Demerara, and other arrests of three individuals charged with a series of robberies committed last month along America Street in Georgetown.