3 weeks after robbery, Lambeau Credit Union remains closed

The Carn­bee branch of the Lam­beau Cred­it Union re­mains locked al­most three weeks af­ter two men robbed the fa­cil­i­ty of al­most $28,000.

On Ju­ly 19, two men en­tered the build­ing pos­ing as cus­tomers. On ap­proach­ing the counter, one of them took a gun from in­side his shirt and point­ed it at a fe­male se­cu­ri­ty of­fi­cer.

The men then forced all cus­tomers to the back of the of­fice.

The en­tire or­deal was cap­tured on CCTV cam­eras and sub­se­quent­ly re­leased by the cred­it union.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic ex­pressed out­rage on so­cial me­dia by the brazen at­tack as the fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion is in­dige­nous to To­ba­go and lo­cat­ed in a busy area with many busi­ness­es and res­i­dents near­by.

It was al­so the first in­ci­dent of its kind in To­ba­go, in record­ed his­to­ry.

The so­cial me­dia dis­cus­sion in­ten­si­fied af­ter the pic­ture of one as­sailant, from the CCTV footage, re­sem­bled a well-known man.

He took to so­cial me­dia to clear his name af­ter claim­ing that he re­ceived sev­er­al calls from fam­i­ly mem­bers and friends in­di­cat­ing that he re­sem­bled one of the rob­bers.

The man de­nied the al­le­ga­tion and stat­ed that he was “stopped by the po­lice, ques­tioned and lat­er re­leased.”

Con­tact­ed on the is­sue, As­sis­tant Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice (ACP) Ains­ley Gar­rick said in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­to the in­ci­dent “are still on­go­ing.”

He de­clined to say if a sus­pect was de­tained for ques­tion­ing and re­leased, say­ing: “It is against eth­i­cal po­lice prac­tices to re­lease that sort of in­for­ma­tion.”

He said he was on­ly com­fort­able stat­ing, that “in­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing.”

Sev­er­al at­tempts to speak with the man­age­ment of the Lam­beau Cred­it Union, were un­suc­cess­ful.

A sign on the cred­it union’s locked doors at Carn­bee in­di­cates that all of its ser­vices are done at its Lam­beau head­quar­ters.

Reporter: Loyse Vincent

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