Police are investigating a daring armed robbery that occurred at the Western Union branch in JQ Rodney Bay Mall, Gros-Islet, at about 5:45 p.m. Dec. 7, 2015.
Reliable sources told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that a man walked into the business place, brandished a firearm, demanded money, and walked away with about $61,000 in cash.
According to reports, two employees – a male and a female – were at the counter when the robbery was taking place, and subsequently a female janitor walked in and was allegedly told by the gunman not to say anything or he will shoot.
The assailant, who was described as tall, slim, fair complexion, was reportedly wearing a sunglasses, cap and a “whitish” long sleeve shirt.
However, sources alleged that no security guards were present and the camera/s were not operational.
A source based in the Mall told SNO that a man was observed acting suspiciously earlier in the day.
“We saw a man at the restaurant about fives times and he bought nothing,” said the source.
Western Union is located next to the food court.
SNO understands that, at around the time of the robbery, a man fitting the description of the robber was seen walking “calmly downstairs”.
Police sources theorised that the gunman may have had an accomplice waiting outside in a getaway car.
Western Union is not the only money transfer service robbed in recent times. MoneyGram in Rodney Bay was reportedly robbed of a large amount of cash earlier this year.