Armed bandit robs Albouystown businesswoman, family


Three women were on Sunday last robbed by an armed bandit of a quantity of cash and valuables in the vicinity of  La Penitence Street, Albouystown, Georgetown.

Based on information received, the incident occurred at around 19:20hrs on the evening in question.

The victims have been identified as 36-year-old Devika Williams of Golden Grove, East Bank Demerara, her 28-year-old sister, Rebecca Petamber of La Penitence Street, Albouystown, Georgetown and their 53-year-old mother, Nerisha Sukhu of the same address.

This publication was informed that Williams operates a grocery shop at La Penitence street, Albouystown, where her mother and sister reside.

On Sunday last, Williams had just closed the front of the shop and was about to close the back, when an unmasked male, brandishing a gun, reportedly pushed the gate and entered the yard.

The man pointed his handgun at Williams and ordered her to kneel down in the yard, behind the shop.

The frightened woman immediately complied.

The bandit proceed into the lower flat of the building, through the eastern door which was open.

He then held Petamber and her mother at gunpoint while escorting them outside and commanding them to kneel alongside Williams.

The suspect then went into the shop and allegedly took out $80,000 in cash and a quantity of phone cards from a jar, then went back into the lower flat and stole $180,000 in cash and a gold band valued at $40,000, belonging to Sukhu.

He further ransacked the building before stealing Petamber’s Samsung mobile phone valued at $140,000.

The perpetrator ordered the three women to lie on the ground and not to move, as he proceeded to flee the scene.

No shots were fired.

Police are presently reviewing CCTV footage of the area as investigations are ongoing.


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