Police fingered in theft of display planes at reception

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Police officers have allegedly stolen several items which were put on display at the international aviation forum which was hosted at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre last week.

Crime Chief and Deputy Commissioner of Police Lyndon Alves confirmed to the News Room that the items, including expensive model planes, were reported missing on the evening of November 22, 2018.

The report of the missing items was made after a cocktail reception which was hosted to honour the many international guests who attended the Air Transport Meeting 2018.

News Room understands that ranks of the Guyana Police Force’s band are the prime suspects.

The Crime Chief said all of the persons who were at the event are being investigated, but he added that “based on what was reported to us, right now the investigation is centered around the police officers who were there.”

He was unable to say how many officers are being investigated and the value of the items missing.

This incident comes on the heels of firefighters being accused of stealing from the passengers who were onboard the Fly Jamaica aircraft that crashed on an emergency landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on November 9, 2018.

Editor’s note: The Guyana Police Force subsequently released a statement in which it notes that “a thorough investigation was conducted by ranks of the Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters during which eight members of the Police Band were placed under close arrest and the case file has since been dispatched for Legal Advice.”

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