Businessman robbed of $2M after leaving bank

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A 30-year-old importer and one of his employees were robbed of $2M and a number of items at his Charlestown, Georgetown office today at around 14:20hrs.

According to information received, Jonathan Alli and his employee, Dexter Cyrus left his business place at Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) and proceeded to the Diamond branch of the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) where he changed two cheques amounting to $1.5M.

News Room understands that Alli then went to Demerara Bank in the same community where he changed a cheque amounting to $500,000.

Subsequently, the businessman drove his bus to his Charlestown home; he exited the vehicle and noticed a silver grey motor car, HC 4682, which stopped on the Western side of the said street.

Reports indicate that three men exited the car; one pointed a gun at the victim and demanded that he hand over the money; Alli handed over the black plastic bag in which he kept the money, while one of the other suspects proceeded to relieve Cyrus of a Samsung Galaxy cell phone valued $56,000.

The men also relieved Alli of one Samsung Galaxy S5 cell phone valued $45,000.

The suspects then re-entered the car and drove away in an eastern direction.

Investigation in progress.

NOTE FROM EDITOR: The victim subsequently contacted News Room and revealed that the last bank he visited was Republic Bank on the EBD, where he conducted a substantial transaction. 

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