[www.inewsguyana.com] – Three men suspected to be bandits were caught by residents of Mahaicony following a brazen daylight robbery at a well-known Supermarket at La Raisonable.
After the men conducted the terrorizing robbery at J. Singh and Sons Supermarket, they escaped with the car they stole from the owners of the supermarket but later crashed into a trench following a high speed chase by residents, who responded to calls for help from the victims of the robbery.
Reports reaching iNews indicated that four men were a part of the robbery; however only three men were caught by the residents with assistance from the police.
According to reports, the men walked into the shop under the pretense of being customers and held up the owners and staff at gunpoint.
The men forcibly demanded cash and jewellery from the store owners, who were beaten and harassed, as the men searched through the store for valuables.
The robbery at the Lot 1 La Raisonable, Mahaicony supermarket took place at 14:00 hrs on Wednesday afternoon (November 04) and reportedly lasted for an approximate 90 minutes.
It ended when a female customer, approaching the supermarket, noticed what was happening and altered residents who responded.
It was that point the men stole the car from the supermarket and attempted to escape but failed as they lost controlled during a high speed chase and plunged into a trench.
The bandits had escaped with a quantity of jewellery, cash and phone cards. They not only searched through the store for valuables but also asked for the keys to enter the upper flat in which they ransacked. Additionally, they removed a DVR and the disc from the DVR which stored the surveillance footage.
However, one of the three men captured on Wednesday received a sound thrashing from the residents before being handed over to the police. Two of the reported three others that escaped were caught by determined vigilante residents on Thursday morning around 5:30 -6:00 hrs.
On Wednesday night, the group of residents, members of the community policing group and the police force watched over the backlands where they suspected the men to be hiding.
At dawn, a resident recalled one of the suspected bandits was caught trying to quietly escape but was spotted by the residents and they rushed to the bushy area and managed to capture him.
Two of the captured bandits are reportedly under guard at a hospital while the other is assisting with investigations.