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Policemen charged with stealing $500k from Gold Miner

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Three police officers, attached to the Bartica Police Station were on Thursday charged with stealing $500,000 from a Gold Miner of Karrau, Region Seven (Cuyuni Mazaruni).

Dellon Sobers, 24 and Tevon Headley, 23 made their appearance before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan while the other accused, Neil Yaris, failed to show up to answer to the joint charge.

The court heard that on October 11, 2017, in Bartica the cops stole $500,000 from Rayad Atkinson. Their attorney, Mark Conway told the court that the money was not found in the possession of any of his clients.

Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers made no objection to bail; the Chief Magistrate then released the cops on $70,000 bail and transferred the matter to the Bartica Magistrate’s Court for December 15, 2017.

The cops were also ordered to report to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters at Eve Leary every Friday. News Room had reported that on the day in question, the three cops had arrested Atkinson, who is the Operations Manager of his father’s gold mining business. At the time he had $1.2M in his possession after he sold his father’s gold without his [father’s] permission.

Atkinson had told News Room that while being taken to the Bartica Police Station, the ranks attempted to make a deal with him for his release, however, he refused the offer and was taken to the police station.

Upon arrival at the station, the money was counted in front of Atkinson and $500,000 was missing from the $1.2M. Atkinson alleged that the three cops stole the money after he refused to make the deal.

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