by Michel Moses
Two persons have been hospitalized after they were severely beaten by three armed bandits who invaded their workplace, Topaz Jewellery Establishment, at 114-115 Plantation Pearl, East Bank Demerara, early yesterday.
Daramaju Bridgemohan points to the broken and empty safe in the
Jewellery Establishment workshop.
The bandits, all masked, also robbed the establishment of over $5 million in diamonds, precious and non-precious stones, gold and silver jewels.
It was the third robbery of the store.
Armed with a
gun, a knife and a
chopper, the bandits gained entry to the building around 2:30
hours yesterday, by first cutting parts of a fence to the premises. They then
broke a window to the eastern side of the building with a crow
bar. That window
led to the bedroom in which Mahendra
Bridgemohan, 23, and his 22-year-old wife, Rohini Ishmael, slept.
After waking them at
gunpoint, the bandits
chopped and burnt the still-shocked
employees in an ordeal the victims estimate lasted one hour.
the manager of Topaz Jewellery Establishment,
Dharamraj Bridgemohan, the three bandits took
them downstairs to the workshop. There, they broke the door to the workshop and,
after demanding and then beating Mahendra and his
wife until they revealed the combination to the safe, opened and
began emptying the safe of its contents.
included 10 pairs of 18-karat gold earrings, 25 pairs of silver earrings, 10
pairs of diamond stud earrings, one 14-karat diamond necklace, one 12-karat
necklace, and what Bridgemohan said was “a substantial amount” of raw gold,
silver, diamonds and precious and non precious stones.
The couple had
moved into the house only about a month ago.
Ishmael was chopped on the
hand and neck while Bridgemohan was burnt on his tongue, mouth and hands with a
then tied the men and the woman up with a telephone chord and, in the ample time
they had, broke open the door to the fire-proof safe using several tools from
the shop, including a large chisel, which was taken away by the
also ransacked the workshop in the process.
said that his brother underwent brain surgery late last year and is on
Bridgemohan managed to free himself and his wife and telephoned the police from
a nearby phone after the bandits left. They punctured his bicycle
visited the robbery scene yesterday, blood was evident on the pillow in the
couple’s bedroom where the men beat the duo before taking them down to the
workshop to access the safe.
were the only occupants of the house at the time.
Jewellery Establishment is owned by Dominique Gaskin, who resides in
Gaskin learnt of the robbery via telephone early yesterday
morning and has decided to close down the business
reflected that on the first robbery he was about to open the gate of the
business when bandits struck him on the head and made off with his cellular
phone, $25,000 in cash, his passport and other documents. They were unable to
enter the premises on that occasion.
were unoccupied at the time of the second robbery, during which bandits cut the
fence, fed the three Doberman dogs something to eat and gained access to the
building by breaking a window located on the northern side of the house. They
carted off over $1.3 million in office equipment and household articles,
including the computers, fax machine, telephones, goldsmith tools and household
Up to date the
three Doberman dogs remain quiet and sleepy.
Jewellery Establishment has been operating from its East Bank Demerara location
for some eight years now.
It is believed
that the same three bandits also staged the other two attacks on the
The Police were continuing investigations into the robbery up to late last night.
Tuesday, June 03, 2003