Plainclothes cop helps foil grocery robbery

A plain­clothes po­lice of­fi­cer helped foil a rob­bery at the One Plus One su­per­mar­ket in Cunu­pia Tues­day night.

Po­lice said the of­fi­cer had just made a pur­chase at the su­per­mar­ket, lo­cat­ed along Munroe Road, when three men - one with armed a gun and the oth­er two with cut­lass­es – stormed the su­per­mar­ket around 8.40 pm.

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 lat­er re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that the wound­ed sus­pect is cur­rent­ly at the Er­ic Williams Med­ical Sci­ences Com­plex in Mt Hope seek­ing med­ical at­ten­tion. A team of po­lice of­fi­cers are on their way there.

Se­nior of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing Snr Supt In­raj Bal­ram, are cur­rent­ly on the scene as it is be­ing processed.

Own­ers of the su­per­mar­ket said ban­dits al­so at­tempt­ed to rob them yes­ter­day but were foiled. How­ev­er, they were un­sure if the three tonight were the same men.

More on this sto­ry as in­for­ma­tion comes to hand.

- by Rhondor Dowlat