Trinidad: Gunmen ambush armoured vehicle in brazen robbery

G4S security officers at the Republic Bank Blue Machine, St Helena Junction after the robbery yesterday.

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) Eye­wit­ness­es to to­day’s brazen rob­bery of a G4S Se­cu­ri­ty ar­moured ve­hi­cle and its four armed guards have de­scribed it as “like a scene out of an ac­tion movie.”

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port, at about noon the ar­moured ve­hi­cle had backed up to­wards Re­pub­lic Bank’s ATM ma­chine at St He­le­na, Pi­ar­co, when three masked gun­men am­bushed its four se­cu­ri­ty guards.

Po­lice said the men an­nounced a hold-up and seized the weapons be­long­ing to the G4S guards. The men then stole an undis­closed amount of cash stored in mon­ey bags and made their es­cape in a sil­ver Nis­san X-trail.

G4S security officers look at the wrecker carrying the Nissan Xtrail which was reportedly used during the midday robbery of the G4S Security armoured vehicle at the Republic Bank Blue Machine, St Helena Junction, yesterday.

Two teams of po­lice of­fi­cers from the Ca­roni and Las Lo­mas po­lice sta­tions re­spond­ed to the scene of the crime with­in min­utes.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers said the get­away ve­hi­cle, which bore no li­cence num­ber plates, was lat­er re­cov­ered aban­doned in a bushy area in Las Lo­mas.

CCTV footage of the rob­bery was re­trieved by in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers.

Pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions have since point­ed to an em­ploy­ee of the se­cu­ri­ty com­pa­ny who po­lice sus­pect could be in­volved in the dar­ing heist.

Po­lice said eye­wit­ness­es told them that the G4S se­cu­ri­ty of­fi­cers were at that time re­plen­ish­ing the cash dis­pens­ing bins when the gun­men am­bushed them.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing.


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