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 A million-dollar reward is being offered by Crime Stoppers for information in the unsolved robbery of a Sentinel Security van transporting millions of dollars in cash on November 27. 

Sentinel Security superintendent Bert Clarke was killed in the robbery.

An advertisement appeared in all three daily newspapers yesterday featuring a photograph of Clarke, along with a brief description of the crime.

The advertisement stated: “Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of ONE MILLION DOLLARS for any information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for these crimes.

“People with information are advised to call 800-8477 (800-TIPS) or sub­mit a tip online at www.crimestopperstt.com.”

The robbery and murder occurred at 4.30 a.m. on November 27 when the Sentinel Security panel van, with two Sentinel employees, was headed east along the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway, en route from Port of Spain to Piarco International Airport.

Police said in the vicinity of Johnson and Johnson Ltd, outside the Trincity Industrial Estate, the security van was struck from behind by a black Ford Ranger pick-up.

When the security company driver stopped, the occupants of the Ranger ap­proached the guards. 

The men opened fire, hitting Clarke who was in the passenger seat. He died at the scene.

The officer in the driver’s seat got out of the van and ran into the bushes while the bandits raided the van and stole the money. Six bags containing millions in cash destined for banks in Tobago were stolen.

The thieves abandoned the Rwanger and escaped in another vehicle. Only when police arrived on the scene did the surviving security guard emerge from the bushes.

 The Ford Ranger, which contained several bags of cement in the tray, was identified as a stolen vehicle.

Police described the robbery as a well-planned operation as they explained the bags of cement served to stabilise the Ford Ranger as it slammed into the Sentinel van.

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