South Ruimveldt man remanded for $2M Buddy’s robbery

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 A 32-year-old Baker on Thursday appeared before City Magistrate Judy Latchman in connection with the $2 million robbery committed on Buddy’s employees in August.

Quintyn Alvin Bourne of El Dorado Drive, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown was recently arrested by police after a wanted bulletin was issued for him.

Particulars of the first charge alleged that Bourne on August 22, 2017 at Sheriff Street, Campbellville, Georgetown while being in the company of others armed with guns, robbed Leon Bentham of $2M cash property of Ryan Shivraj and a cellphone valued $25,000.

It is further alleged that Bourne and others also robbed Shawn Anthony of a Samsung Galaxy S5 cellphone valued $34,000. Bourne denied both charges while his attorney, Dexter Todd told the court that his client is innocent and does not know of the robbery.

Todd contended that Bourne had rented a car in favour for a friend, who is not from Guyana.  The lawyer further explained that his client signed the car in his name and handed the keys over to his friend.

 However, when the defendant returned the vehicle to the rental dealership, he was arrested and told that the car was involved in a robbery. Police Prosecutor, Shawn Gonsalves told the court that the rental car was found abandoned in Middle Road, La Penitence, at a wash bay with suspected bloodstains. The vehicle also bore several bullet holes.

According to reports, on the day in question about 14:30hrs, Bentham and others had just returned to the business’ Sheriff Street location after making a withdrawal from a city bank when they were approached by two gunmen, who relieved him of the cash and the cellphones. The gunmen made good their escape in a waiting car.

 

The Prosecutor objected to the accused being released on bail on the grounds that he is a flight risk. He was remanded until September 08 where he will appear before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan.

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