Sanjay’s robbed of millions in cash, jewellery
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The Sherriff Street Sanjay’s Jewellery Inc branch that was invaded on Saturday night
The Sherriff Street Sanjay’s Jewellery Inc branch that was invaded on Saturday night

By Svetlana Marshall

FOUR armed bandits invaded Sanjay’s Jewellery late Saturday night, and walked away with millions in cash and jewellery.Proprietor Sanjay Persaud was held at gunpoint as the robbers executed what could be described as a well-planned robbery.

One of the safes that were emptied by the robbers
One of the safes that were emptied by the robbers

“They came with umbrellas, and their hats were low down in their faces; very low,” Persaud told Guyana Chronicle as he sat in front of his Lot 26 Sherriff Street jewellery store and home on Sunday, awaiting the return of crime scene investigators.

He had just gotten home, at around 23:30h on Saturday, when one of the bandits held him at gunpoint as he was about to open his gate.
Warned not to retaliate, he was thereafter grilled by the bandits.

“They asked me ‘where is the studio key?’ I told them it is upstairs. I went (upstairs, and) they asked me ‘where is the camera system?’ I took them, and they took away the DVR. They come down stairs and asked me to open the safe, and I opened the two safes for them,” the businessman recounted.

Each armed with handguns, the men then proceeded to remove more than G$2M from the safes, which are located in the lower flat of the building. They also carted off an undisclosed amount of US currency and millions’ worth in jewellery.

Two of the robbers, he said, stood out to him. “Two of them, their language sound like Dutch, they didn’t (have) that clean Guyanese accent; two of them sounded like Dutch people,” he said.

After the men made good their escape, Persaud immediately sought help by calling 911, but his calls went unanswered.

Sanjay Persaud assisting crime scene investigators probing the robbery
Sanjay Persaud assisting crime scene investigators probing the robbery

“I never got on to 911. I called 912 and a lady answered me, and I told her what happened and she said she will make contact with the police; and then I remembered two people off my head and I dialled their numbers,” he said.

Approximately 30 minutes after, police arrived at the scene. Investigations are presently ongoing by the police. This robbery has occurred some 13 years after his Lot 48 Sherriff and Garnett Streets’ premises had been robbed.

 

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