Jewellery stolen from the L. Seepersaud Maraj and Sons store between July 2nd and July 3rd, at Stabroek Market, Georgetown has not been recovered, Crime Chief Paul Williams last night disclosed.
Williams told Stabroek News that investigators did not retrieve any of the stolen items and explained that the trio subsequently charged did not provide police with any useful information.
Asked if police are pursuing any other suspects, the Crime Chief said that “one of the persons involved got links to Suriname but we did not get enough information to go behind him.” Nonetheless, he said they would pursue any new information that becomes available. Two Fridays ago, three persons were remanded over the heist.
The charge alleges that the trio Clifford Rodney, Albert DeFreitas and Trayon Parks between July 2nd and July 3rd, at Stabroek Market, Georgetown, broke and entered the L Seepersaud Maraj and Sons store and stole a quantity of gold and diamond jewellery, valued at $20 million and $2 million in cash.
The matter comes up again today.
On the morning of July 3rd, the jewellers discovered that their stall had been broken into and that their vault was cut open after a fellow stallholder alerted them.
“The vault had three doors and each door was cut with precision. It is sufficient to say that the perpetrators of this crime aren’t novices, but highly skilled thieves,” the store owners said in a post on the company’s Facebook page.
They said based on advice from security specialists and persons trained in ironworking and welding, it would have taken no less than five hours for the vault to be cut open.
The robbery, which is suspected to have taken place on the night of July 2nd based on the time when an alarm was triggered, has resulted in the city council announcing plans to increase security at the municipal markets.