Police say they have cracked another major case involving bank funds, with the arrest and subsequent prosecution of a Freeport man, in connection with the break-in and theft of $3,030,000 from First Citizens, Montrose, Chaguanas, branch, sometime between September 22nd and 24th, 2017.
No part of the stolen money has been recovered.
The previous breakthrough came on Monday 18th December, 2017, when four persons appeared before an Arima Magistrate, charged with the $5 million heist from an armoured security vehicle, at Piarco International Airport, on December 6th 2017.
After ten days of intensive investigations, police have prosecuted one of the biggest armed robbery cases in recent history, with the arrest and subsequent court appearance of three men; and one woman, before an Arima Magistrate today, a statement by the Police Service says.
The four appeared before Magistrate Debby Ann Bassaw, in the Arima 3rd Magistrates’ Court, where they were denied bail on charges in relation to the $5 million heist from an armoured security vehicle, at Piarco International Airport, on December 6th, 2017.
Three men and one woman are expected to appear before an Arima magistrate today charged in connection with the $5.5 million dollar robbery at the Piarco International Airport.
The 38-year-old Longdenville woman and the men, ages 35, of Longdenville, 42 and 38 of Diego Martin, were charged on Saturday night following instructions from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Joan Honore-Paul.
According to information from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, the woman and the 35-year-old Longdenville man will face a charge of money laundering.
Anand Ram a police officer attached to the Gasparillo police station has been shot in the abdomen.
PC Ram and his fellow officers were responding to a home invasion report in Marabella when the incident occurred.
The following is a press release by the TTPS:
A maxi taxi driver has been shot and killed.
A Carib brewery truck has been recovered after being stolen this morning from the port of Port of Spain.
A former police officer is now assisting with investigations into last Wednesday's airport robbery.
The man was detained on Saturday night by officers of the organised crime and intelligence unit.
Last Wednesday, armed bandits escaped with an estimated $5 million in cash from the cargo cart at the tarmac of Piarco international airport.
Police said the man and two other women were being questioned up to late yesterday evening.
Last week, seven people were questioned soon after the incident.
Two persons have been held in connection with the 5 million dollar airport heist.
On Wednesday a group of armed men entered the docking area of the Piarco international airport and made off with $5 million dollars belonging to the first citizen’s bank.
The money was intended to be transferred to the bank’s Tobago branches.