An Eccles, East Bank Demerara business couple and two other individuals are now traumatised after five bandits invaded their home and tied them up before carting off over $1M in valuables.
Reports are that the incident occurred around 2.15 am yesterday at the Lot 96 AA Eccles, East Bank Demerara house occupied by Lawrence Fitzpatrick, 56, his wife; Cynthia Fitzpatrick and other individuals; Karen Kerrett and Wayne Jones.
The attack was carried out by five men, three of whom were armed with handguns. They managed to escape with a quantity of local and foreign currency, gold jewellery and several electronic items including cell phones.
Stabroek News was informed that around 10 pm on Tuesday, Fitzpatrick secured his house and retired to bed. Several hours after, he woke up to use the washroom and was confronted by the bandits.
The men held onto Lawrence and his wife who was sleeping at the time and subsequently proceeded to kick open the doors where Kerrett and Jones were sleeping.
The victims were all taken into Lawrence’s room where their hands and feet were bound.
At this point, the perpetrators began to demand cash and jewellery as they ransacked the house. They escaped after gathering up the valuables.
Fitzpatrick managed to untie himself and the others and the police were alerted.
Several checks were made in the area but the suspects were not found.
It is suspected that the bandits gained entry into the house through a window situated on the bottom flat.
The house is monitored by surveillance footage but the bandits also took away the DVR.
Investigations are ongoing.