Armed bandits rob Essequibo couple of over $2M

A Naamyrck, East Bank Essequibo couple was on Tuesday evening attacked and robbed of over $2M in cash and valuables, after armed bandits, who had earlier posed as customers,  returned and invaded their home.

Stabroek News was informed that the invasion occurred around 20.50hrs on Tuesday, while businesswoman Anansa Grimes, 37, was in her grocery shop, located in front of her Lot 51 Naamyrck, EBE home.

During the attack, which was allegedly carried out by three men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, Grimes’ husband, 44-year-old Beniday Gonsalves, a mechanic, was assaulted.

It was related to this newspaper that Grimes, while in the shop, heard screams coming from her daughter, who was inside the house at the time. Upon checking, she observed the bandits in her home.

One of the bandits reportedly held the woman at gunpoint and demanded that she hand over the cash and jewellery. They then turned to Gonsalves, who they dealt several kicks to the head before relieving him of the valuables he had in his possession.

The bandits managed to escape on foot with over $2 million worth of local and foreign currencies, gold and diamond jewellery and other items.

The police were alerted and an investigation is ongoing. No arrests have yet been made.

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