Cotton Tree cambio dealer robbed by gunmen
Two gun-toting bandits escaped with $10M in local and foreign currency after robbing a cambio dealer, Heeralall, 60, at his Cotton Tree, West Coast Berbice home around 1:30 pm on Saturday.
The bandits are still on the run but in a surprising twist, police yesterday detained Heeralall, also known as `Seed’, and another dealer with whom he had been transacting business at the time.
Reports are that the men were sitting on a bench at the side of the yard when the two young bandits who came on a bicycle walked into the yard and asked Heeralall’s wife if she had cigarettes to sell.
She responded that she did not and just then they whipped out their guns and told her not to say a word. They then turned their attention to the two men on the bench and while waving the guns at them and using expletives they grabbed the cash.
They hurried out of the yard and grabbed another bicycle belonging to Heeralall’s grandson and made good the escape.
Reports are that Heeralall was checking off the money to give to the other dealer to deliver to his employer at Corriverton when the robbery occurred.
That was not the first time Heeralall suffered at the hands of bandits. In 2006, he was shot and robbed while plying his trade at Rosignol.
He was also shot in another robbery in 2005.