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3 bandits nabbed

By NEWSDAY REPORTER Saturday, December 14 2013

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LOCKDOWN: Three police vehicles block High Street in San Fernando as police officers went in pursuit of bandits following a robbery. ...
LOCKDOWN: Three police vehicles block High Street in San Fernando as police officers went in pursuit of bandits following a robbery. ...

THREE thieves who robbed a San Fernando businesswoman of thousands of dollars in local and foreign currency on Thursday afternoon were arrested a few hours later and the majority of cash recovered after police virtually locked down parts of the busy High Street in San Fernando.

According to reports, at about 4.30 pm on Thursday businesswoman Gail De Souza was walking to a public car park at Prince Charles Street, San Fernando, when she was ambushed by three young men who first beat her and then grabbed a bag De Souza was holding which contained TT$34,000, CAN$300 and US$300.

The woman was returning to her vehicle, following a business transaction at a nearby bank when she was held up and robbed by the three men.

The thieves escaped on foot even as De Souza screamed for help. A report was made and a party of officers from the Southern Division CID headed by PC Stewart and the Southern Division Task Force went in search of the suspects.

Part of the search included police officers blocking off sections of busy High Street in San Fernando by parking police patrol cars on the road, preventing the free movement of vehicles. A street to street search by armed officers ensued.

The three suspects, a 21-year-old from Pleasantville, a 19-year-old from La Romaine and a 17-year-old from Princes Town were nabbed a few hours after De Souza was robbed. Police sources added that the majority of money stolen from her was recovered.

De Souza was treated at the San Fernando General Hospital and subsequently discharged. The three suspects, police sources said, are to be placed on several identification parades in connection with similar robberies before they are to be charged for the De Souza robbery.

In an unrelated incident, shortly after 11 am yesterday, 44-year-old Anisha Benjamin was shopping in a store on Upper High Street San Fernando, when three men snatched her handbag containing $7,000. Police believe she was targeted and followed after making a withdrawal from a nearby bank. Police locked down the area but the men managed to escaped.

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