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Minister of Education Anthony Garcia, third from right, congratulates newly-installed chairman of the Education Facilities Company Ltd,
Arnold Piggott, with other members, from left, Jeffery Francis, Christophe Brathwaithe, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education
Lovell Francis, Indu Sharma and Anthony Bisnath pose for a group photo, at Ministry of Education's head office, St Clair on Monday. PHOTO:
Southern Division police are warning shoppers
and business owners alike to be on the alert for
Christmas robbers, especially on Sundays.
The warning follows a spate of robberies which
took place in different parts of the southland over the
weekend. Police said they also have reports of shoppers
having their handbags slashed and pockets picked.
Police said some of the businesses which open on
Sundays to maximise sales during the Christmas hol-
idays are becoming soft targets for criminals.
They also warned citizens to be on the lookout for
bandits masquerading as taxi drivers.
Around 8.30 am on Sunday, two armed men entered
and robbed the proprietor of a hardware store which
was opened for business at Union Road, Marabella.
The bandits escaped with six laptops and other elec-
tronic items valued at approximately $34,600. Police
believe the men escaped in a waiting vehicle.
On Sunday, as well, two armed bandits, struck a
Chinese supermarket at Friendship Village, along the
Cipero Road, San Fernando, around 11.30 am.
The security guard on duty was the first target as
he was robbed of a wallet which contained $2,700 in
cash, his identification card and his cellphone. Proprietor
Luo Hai Shana was also attacked when he tried to
resist the bandits. One of the gunmen struck him
several times on the head with the gun butt and robbed
him of an undisclosed sum of cash and cigarettes.
The men escaped on foot. PC Samlalsingh is inves-
Southern Division police are also investigating a
report that Rhoda Ann Hosein, 57, an accountant and
her son, Andrew, 27, a managing director at a private
company, were in the yard at their Cocoyea Village,
San Fernando, home, around 12.35 pm on Sunday,
when they were accosted by a man armed with a gun.
At gunpoint, the two were ordered inside their home
where they were robbed of a television, set valued at
$3,500, some $3,000 in cash and a quantity of jewelery,
the value of which is yet to be ascertained.
Also on Sunday, Vijay Partap, 22 , of Ramai Trace,
Debe, was waiting for a taxi at Siparia when he stopped
the driver of an Almera motor car.
There were three other occupants in the vehicle.
Partap said he was taken to Duncan Village, San Fer-
nando, where one of the occupants placed a gun to
his head and robbed him of $1,400 in cash, a gold
chain valued at $4,500 and a cellphone valued at
He was subsequently thrown out of the vehicle at
Suchit Trace, Penal. No one was arrested. Penal police
are continuing investigations.
At Claxton Bay, Elizabeth Chawtal, 39, was at work
at her Hermitage Road bar, when two armed men
stormed in. One of them held her at gunpoint and
robbed her of two laptops, valued at $4,206, a gold
chain valued, at $700, plus alcohol also valued at $700.
Bandits strike in
Deaf-mute killed on PBR
A 46-year-old deaf-mute man was killed in a
car accident in Arima on Saturday.
According to reports, shortly after 1 am, Desmond
Ramkhelawan, of Arima Old Road, Arima, was riding
his bicycle across the Priority Bus Route (PBR) in
D Abadie when he was struck by a car which was
driving in the east bound lane.
The driver of the vehicle, a retired fireman, stopped
and contacted police. Ramkhelawan, a mechanic,
was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex, Mt Hope, where he was pronounced dead
on arrival. Police reportedly administered a breathal-
yser test on the driver, which he failed.
He was charged with drunk driving and for illegally
using the PBR. However, he was not charged with
causing Ramkhelawan s death by dangerous driv-
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