(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) – Investigators suspect that the bandits who tied up employees, robbed them and then robbed Massy Supercentre in La Romaine of $250,000 yesterday, may be part of a robbery ring that targets businesses throughout the country.
After the incident, the store, which is located along Dumfries Road and was also hit by bandits earlier this year, remained closed for the day as fingerprint expert WPC Nicole Marshall dusted for prints late into the afternoon.
Reports said around 5.55 am, bakery staff had just entered the store to prepare pastries and bread for the day when the bandits struck.
At that time, the security guard on duty had just picked up a stack of newspapers from outside the door and was placing it on a stand when three gunmen rushed to the door.
With their guns aimed at the guard, they ordered him into the store and proceeded to tie his hands with plastic straps.
They then went to the bakery area and tied up the workers and supervisor.
The staff was robbed of cell phones, cash and other items. The bandits then went into the office where they took a small vault and threw it down a flight of stairs to open it, gaining access to money from Money Gram, Sure Pay and the cash for Tuesday night sales.
The bandits then ran to a white Nissan AD Wagon parked on the roadside and escaped. Two of the bandits sported dreadlocks but staff believes they were wigs.
San Fernando CID, including Insp Don Gajadhar, Cpl Barry Bacchus, Cpl Rawle Burke and PC Nyron Pulchan responded and all All Points Bulletin was issued for the wagon. However, neither the getaway vehicle nor suspects were found up to press time.
The T&T Guardian was told the workers were traumatised following the incident, as the bandits threatened them, saying they knew about their shifts, managers’ identities and responsibilities and the vehicle used to transport workers. Thankfully, they were not harmed by the bandits.
Southern Division police said a special team has been assembled to deal with the robbery, as they believe the men are part of a gang, some of whom were arrested in the last year for robbing businesses in San Fernando, West Trinidad and along the East-West Corridor.