About 2:50 p.m. today (March 19) Rohan Wilfred got the news everyone has been hoping for: his father’s vehicle, stolen in an armed robbery last night, was found at the parking lot behind the government buildings on Barnard Hill, Castries.
Rohan said based on information received, the security guard for the government building was doing a patrol when he noticed the vehicle and contacted his supervisor, who then contacted the police.
Rohan said he received the good news from his sister just before 3 p.m. and he along with his father, and others, went to the location and made the confirmation.
The blue Mazda pickup had no damage to its exterior, Rohan said, but the CD deck, battery and speaker are missing.
The key was found on the dashboard. The plate bearing the registration number (PA 3239) is in place.
The vehicle was stolen after Rohan’s father, 62-year-old banana farmer Gilbert Wilfred, aka Spildo and Mr. Dillin, from Lumière, Dennery, was held at gunpoint around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday.
According to Rohan, his father stopped in the vicinity of the Fond d’Or Heritage Park, Dennery, parked his blue single-cab Mazda pickup (PA 3239) and exited to “pee” (urinate).
Rohan said while urinating, a man came out of the bush and pointed a gun at his father’s head.
He said the masked bandit then ordered his father to drive, leading them to an isolated area in the Mabouya Valley.
At that location, Rohan said his father was robbed of two cell phones, an undisclosed sum of cash, and the bandit escaped with the van.
The senior Wilfred was not harmed.
The Wilfreds are happy that the vehicle was found because it is vital to his farming business.
They have expressed gratitude to everyone, particularly the security guard, who assisted in finding the vehicle.