Armed bandits rob grocery store at Alness, Corentyne


By Malisa Playter- Harry


A businessman is now fearful for his life after his business was robbed by two armed bandits who escaped with cash and valuables.


The J. Mootoo Grocery Store located at Alness Village on the Corentyne was this morning robbed of two cellular phones and an undisclosed sum of cash.


Proprietor of the business Jacob Mootoo told News Room that after retiring to bed he got up shortly after it started raining to lock the windows when he heard a crashing sound, “I hear someone lashing my room window and trying fa lash out the glass and grill so I run downstairs fa me cutlass and me wife run somewhere and hide”.


According to Mootoo after he grabbed his cutlass and was running back up the stairs he was stopped in his tracks by two gunshots. Mootoo said he immediately ran back down the stairs but heard his sister-in-law scream for help; however he remained downstairs, while the men demanded cash from her.



His sister-in-law said the men ransacked the place and tore stuffed animals apart in search of  the cash.


The reign of terror by the bandits was cut short after they heard the police approaching. They escaped through the broken window but not after retrieving two Samsung Galaxy S5 phones along with an undisclosed sum of cash.


Mootoo told the News Room that his sister-in-law confirmed that there were two masked men, one armed with a gun. They used a 4×4 piece of wood to break the window.


Meanwhile, police sources confirmed that two spent shells were recovered from the scene and the weapon likely used is a point 32 caliber, 9mm pistol.


Investigations are ongoing.

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