Paint salesman charged for gunpoint robbery on employer


A salesman, who was employed by Harris Paints Limited Guyana, was on Monday charged for the brazen $7.7M  gunpoint robbery committed on his employer.

Tarqrim Atkins of ‘B’ Field Sophia appeared before City Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus for armed robbery.

Atkins denied that on November 16, 2019, at Harris’ Paints Colour World at Lot 3-5 Water Street, Georgetown while in the company of others and armed with guns he robbed Jennel Williams of $7,700,000 property of Harris Paints.

According to reports on November 15, 2019, Williams and the cashier counted the day’s earnings and placed the money mentioned in the charge in a metal safe.

On November 16, 2019, around 08:00 hrs, Williams returned to work and she was confronted by Atkins and others, who were armed with guns.

It is alleged that Atkins placed a gun to her head, relieved her of the cash and escaped.

The matter was reported to the police and an investigation was launched. Based on information received Atkins was arrested and charged.

Police Prosecutor Devon Timmerman objected to Atkins being released on bail based on the seriousness and prevalence of the offence.

Timmerman also told the court that Atkins reportedly admitted to the robbery in a caution statement.

The Magistrate remanded Atkins to prison until December 9.

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