Cops think Central robbery ring busted up

Po­lice of­fi­cers have ar­rest­ed the third sus­pect in Tues­day night’s at­tempt­ed rob­bery at One Plus One su­per­mar­ket at Munroe Road, Cunu­pia.

The sus­pect, who was shot and wound­ed dur­ing a shootout with the po­lice, still man­aged to run out of the su­per­mar­ket and get in­to a wait­ing get­away car. How­ev­er, the dri­ver took the wound­ed ban­dit straight to the Er­ic Williams Med­ical Com­plex in Mount Hope for treat­ment, where med­ical of­fi­cials would have alert­ed the po­lice as is the pro­to­col with such in­juries.

The wound­ed sus­pect was one of three armed men who at­tempt­ed to rob the es­tab­lish­ment, owned by Chi­nese na­tion­als, Tues­day night.

At about 8.40 pm, a plain-clothes po­lice of­fi­cer as­signed to the Cen­tral Di­vi­sion’s Task Force had just made a pur­chase at the gro­cery when the three sus­pects - one with a gun and the oth­ers two with cut­lass­es stormed the two-storey prop­er­ty.

The of­fi­cer was about to en­ter his car but be­fore he could get there he was or­dered to lie on the ground by the ban­dits, who an­nounced a hold-up. The of­fi­cer quick­ly hid his firearm un­der the car and as the ban­dits en­tered the gro­cery he pulled it out and called for back-up.

A team of of­fi­cers re­spond­ed with­in min­utes and to­geth­er with the plain­clothes of­fi­cer at­tempt­ed to en­ter the es­tab­lish­ment in a bid to foil the rob­bery in progress.

On see­ing the of­fi­cers, the gun­man opened fire on them and he and his col­leagues at­tempt­ed to es­cape. The of­fi­cers re­turned fire and one of the ban­dits was shot but still man­aged to es­cape.

The oth­er two ran up­stairs the build­ing but were lat­er cor­nered and ar­rest­ed. Po­lice re­cov­ered sev­er­al spent shells on the road and in the su­per­mar­ket’s car park.

Al­most one hour lat­er, po­lice who were still on the scene re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that the wound­ed man was at the emer­gency de­part­ment at the Mt Hope hos­pi­tal seek­ing med­ical at­ten­tion. A team of po­lice of­fi­cers went to the hos­pi­tal where they ar­rest­ed him.

Po­lice be­lieve the men are part of a gang re­spon­si­ble for sev­er­al rob­beries that have been tak­ing place in the area over the past few weeks.

There was al­so an at­tempt at the same su­per­mar­ket on Mon­day but po­lice said noth­ing was stolen.

On Sun­day, the own­er of a new­ly-opened bar in the area was robbed of over $12,000 in cash, al­co­holic bev­er­ages and cig­a­rettes by gun-tot­ing ban­dits. The sus­pects in that rob­bery were ar­rest­ed af­ter a high-speed chase along the Solomon Ho­choy High­way near the Clax­ton Bay over­pass.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions in­to both in­ci­dents are con­tin­u­ing.

-by Rhondor Dowlat

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