Men robbed of $425,000 in cash, valuables after leaving bank

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Three men were robbed of $300,000 in cash and several other items, shortly after they left the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry’s (GBTI) branch located at Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara at around 11:30hrs on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Bel Air Village, Georgetown.

News Room understands that Ravindranauth Bhim, a 43-year-old contractor, went to the bank to change a cheque valuing $300,000 along with two of his employees, Mark Henson of Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara and Basil Puran of Better Hope, East Coast Demerara at about 10:00 hrs.

The men then left in Bhim’s car for his home at Bel Air Village, Greater Georgetown where other workers were awaiting payment.

It is alleged that as they stopped in front of a shop on the road, the suspects rode up alongside the car on a motorcycle. One of the suspects pulled out a firearm and struck the driver’s side window, breaking it in the process, before pulling the contractor out of the vehicle.

The gunman reportedly instructed Bhim to lie on the ground and searched him, removing the cash from his pants pocket.

The second suspect instructed the employees to exit the motorcar where he relieved them of one haversack valued at $7000, an iPhone 5 valued at $110,000; another phone valued at $5000 and $3,000 cash.

Investigations are ongoing.

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