Berbice businessman living in fear after 3rd robbery in 2 months

A businessman of D’Edward Village, West Bank Berbice (WBB) is living in fear after experiencing the third robbery in less than two months.
Proprietor of Lalsa Enterprise, Harry Lalsa said at about 01:45h on Wednesday, he heard a loud noise which caused him to hurry out of bed. He said that upon inspection, he noticed two persons in the yard.

Lalsa Enterprise Proprietor Harry Lalsa

The businessman told Guyana Times that he then armed himself with a cutlass and ventured downstairs where he noticed that attempts were being made to open a grilled door.
“I see like someone try to pull out the hunch from the grill door. They could not get to the padlock because the lock is from inside,” he said.
However, in order to get to that door, the intruders broke the padlock on the grill door leaning towards the upper-flat of the house.
The perpetrators also used a towel and placed it over the light at the side of the yard as they were trying to gain entry into the building.
Lalsa further explained that when he ventured into the store, which is located in the lower flat, he discovered that it was ransacked.
Phone cards, cigarettes, alcohol and cash were missing.
According to the businessman, when he tried to call the Police from the landline, he realised that it was disconnected. As such, he shouted to a neighbour who reportedly called the Police.

Lalsa Enterprise at D’Edward Village, West Bank Berbice

However, shortly after the incident, a mobile patrol was passing and Lalsa stopped them and reported the matter.
On December 23, 2019, bandits broke into the store and removed close to $1M in cash and other valuables. At that time, the business had placed a quantity of money and other documents in a bag in preparation for a visit to the city the following morning to conduct business.
In November 2019, bandits had also broken into the building and removed the man’s firearm and almost $1M in valuables.
“Up to now the Police have not told me anything about these matters but they asked me to prove to them why I should have another firearm,” he vented.

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Bandits gun-butt, rob elderly shop owner

A 68-year-old businessman is now counting his losses after two armed bandits stormed into his shop and robbed him of an undisclosed amount of cash.
The traumatised man operates a shop in the lower flat of his two-storey home in Vigilance, East Coast Demerara (ECD).
Reports are that about 23:15h on Tuesday, the elderly man closed his shop and was in the process of restocking his refrigerator when he fell asleep in a chair.
He was awakened by two bandits, one of whom pointed a gun to his face while demanding that he comply with their demands. Guyana Times was told that the suspects entered the shop by removing the louvre panes from the windows.
According to the man, the two perpetrators demanded that he hand over the money obtained from the day’s sales, as well as other valuables.
He told Police that he did not respond promptly and the bandits hit him several times about his body with the gun and demanded that he hand over the cash.
This publication understands that the men managed to locate a box with cash that the man had inside of his shop. Guyana Times was told that after the duo opened the box, they appeared satisfied with the loot, and fled.
The shop owner managed to alert persons about the robbery and Police ranks were summoned to the scene. Police have since launched an investigation and are seeking to obtain Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage from nearby security cameras to identify the men.

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