Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Million dollar arson attack on Matura quarry

...heavy equipment, pick-up truck set on fire

AT least five million dollars worth of construction equipment, went up in flames, set on fire by armed masked men who stormed a Matura quarry on Tuesday.

Police have since detained three men - an 18-year-old and 27-year-old of Matura, and a 27-year-old man of Arouca - in connection with the incident.

According to police, at around 11.30 p.m. watchmen Evorn Dolland, 22, and Mark Badal were on duty at Adds Multi-Tasking Quarry at Upper Rio Grande Trace when they observed three men, two wearing masks, entering the quarry.

The watchmen reported that they men fired several shots at them.

Dolland jumped off a freight container and ran into nearby bushes, but Badal was grabbed by the assailants.

Police were told that Badal was forced to lie on the ground, and his hands were tied behind his back. Badal said one of the suspects placed a firearm near his ear and fired a shot, but he was not wounded.

One of the suspects was seen throwing liquid onto a tractor closeby and setting it on fire. Badal freed himself and he said he saw other equipment on the compound on fire.

The watchman said the men fired at him and as he also ran into the bushes to hide. Police said the watchmen remained in hiding until 8 a.m. the next day, when they contacted police.

Visiting the scene were Inspector Quow, Ag Sgt Fuentes, Cpl Gadar and CSI investigators. Police said the equipment that was found destroyed on the compound were an Isuza pick-up with licence plate number PDC 9899, a Caterpillar loader, a 320C excavator, a crane, and a Caterpillar DSH. Two spent shells were recovered at the scene.