Two gunmen held up an America Street businessman, escaped with his Toyota Rav 4, which contained a bag with a reported $12M in jewellery and then led the police on a high-speed chase that ended at Le Repentir Cemetery.
But while the vehicle was recovered, up to press time the men had not been captured although the police cordoned off a large bushy area to the south of the Mandela dump site where they believed the men had fled to.
$12M in jewellery stolen
Bhagoo, who plies his trade on America Street, was held up by
the men around 16:00 hours yesterday at the corner of Broad and
Saffon Streets where he had stopped to collect a Mother’s Day
gift for his mother.
He said that he was standing outside his vehicle when the two men appeared to be drinking Guinness at a nearby shop, approached him with guns drawn.
The men ordered him to lie on the ground and since his vehicle keys were still in the ignition, they sped away with the vehicle.
Some persons at a nearby vulcanizing shop who watched the event unfold, were forced to duck for cover when the two gunmen discharged two rounds in their direction, shattering the side glass of another parked RAV 4, PLL 752.
“They shout and tell we, ‘All yuh ain’t see nothing and fire two shots’,” an eyewitness said.
The men drove the vehicle through the Albouystown area and eventually abandoned it in Le Repentir Cemetery near the Mandela Avenue dumpsite.
Meanwhile, Bhagoo quickly made his way to the Brickdam Police Station where he reported the matter and the police responded promptly.