Cops detain suspect
in $.5m ATM robbery
POLICE HAVE detained a suspect in the half-million dollar hold-up of armed security officers in a mid-day robbery at a bank in Princes Town on Sunday.
The suspect, 35 years old, of Fyzabad, was detained early yesterday by police.
Around 11.45 a.m. three security officers employed with G4S Security Services Ltd went to clear an automated teller machine (ATM) at Naparima Mayaro Road, Craignish Village.
Two security officers alighted and went into the ATM and another remained in the vehicle. The two security officers were holding cash bins when they were confronted by two men who pointed firearms at them.
The thieves announced a hold-up and grabbed the cash bins containing some $500,000 and two revolvers from the security officers.
The assailants ran to the nearby gas station where they escaped in a waiting vehicle.
They were chased by police, who were on patrol, and there was an exchange of gunfire.
The thieves abandoned the vehicle and escaped into the bushes.