Gun-toting bandits yesterday carted off approximately $200,000 in cash from the Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara Post Office after holding the postmistress at gunpoint.
According to the police, postmistress Grace Gibson was alone at the post office around 2.05 pm and got up to attend to the men. While at the counter, she noticed one of the bandits had a gun pointing towards her as he demanded she open the inner door which is secured with a bolt and padlock. It was then that a second bandit, also armed with a gun, entered and waited for her to open the door. The bandits, she told police, were dressed in camouflage clothing.
Fearful for her life, Gibson told the police she opened the inner door to the office allowing the men to enter. The bandits, upon entering demanded cash and asked for directions to the cash vault.
They ransacked the drawers and collected an undisclosed amount of cash. Checks made after the robbery revealed that a sum of $60,000 was missing from the drawer raided by the bandits. After that, the men went to the cash vault. The gunmen stole $135.000 from the vault and then placed Gibson to lie on the floor as they continued to search the office for cash and other valuables. The bandits also stole her phone before escaping.
The gunmen, police said, ran through a street and entered a blue motor vehicle and made good their escape in the northern direction.
Police are yet to arrest the perpetrators and investigations are continuing.