Belmont police foil $45,000 robbery of 74-year-old pensioner

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 05:30

Belmont police have foiled a robbery in which over $45,000 in cash and jewellery was taken from a 74-year-old pensioner in a raid on his house.

Two men have been arrested and charged with robbery and assault.

The following is a statement from the Police Service:

"The speedy response of officers of the Belmont Police Station today, led to the foiling of a robbery of a 74-year-old pensioner and the arrest of two suspects.

74-year-old pensioner, Urban La Croix, was accosted by two men whilst in his yard at his Belmont Circular Road home at around 12:30pm today, Tuesday 20th September, 2016. Mr. La Croix, who was bound and beaten about the body outside of his house, was robbed of $20,320.00 TTD, $37.00 USD and a quantity of assorted jewellery worth $25,000.00 TTD while his house was ransacked.

Belmont Police were alerted by an observant passer-by and they subsequently executed a successful exercise in which they apprehended the suspects as they attempted to flee the scene of the crime.

All stolen items were recovered in the possession of the two suspects, aged 20 and 23, of Dibe, Long Circular, St. James.

Mr. La Croix, who was in high praise of the officers, also lost a tooth during the assault and was taken to seek medical attention at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.

The operation was led by ASP Richard Smith, who directed Sgt. Randell Mc Guirk, Cpl. Perry Pino, PC Kamian Brathwaite, WPC Solange Griffith and other officers of the Belmont Police Station.

Both men are assisting the police with other enquiries in the Port of Spain area. Cpl. Pino is continuing investigations."