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JENSEN LA VENDE
Rooftop burglars who tired
breaking into a commercial bank
in St James over the long weekend
The culprits are believed to have used
the opportunity of the extra long week-
end, as banks were closed on Tuesday
due to the passage of Tropical Storm
Police believe that the burglars made
a second attempt sometime between
Tuesday and yesterday morning to
break into Scotiabank, Western Main
Road, St James.
Police said the break-in was only
discovered around 7.30 am yesterday
when staff showed up to work.
Their vault was tampered
but nothing was stolen.
The burglars also at-
tempted to break into the
bank's automated teller
machines but were also
There is an increasing
trend by criminals in a
bid to bypass security
systems to enter busi-
ness through the roof or
adjacent walls of other
businesses, police said.
In February, police
suspected that there
was a ring of burglars
using high-powered tools to break into
businesses after Massy supermarket on
Cascade Road, St Ann's was robbed of
an estimated $110,000.
A media release issued by the bank
yesterday stated that the thieves broke
in on Tuesday morning forcing the
bank and Scotia Insurance offices, as
well as their ATMs, to close.
In 2015 burglars made off with close
to $25 million in cash and jewellery
from M&M Pawn Shop, Henry Street,
Five people were later charged for
the offence. Melissa Evans, her com-
mon-law husband, Javon Cudjoe,
his brother, Jude Cudjoe, Anthony
Montano and Vishnu Latchman were
granted a total of $14 million bail. Their
matter is currently pending before the
Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court.
The five are charged with
breaking and entering More
Money (M&M) Pawn Shop and
Jewellery Store, between Feb-
ruary 21 and February 23, 2015
and stealing $23,693,55.49 in
jewellery, $60,000 in cash and
$6,000 in electronic items.
On December 6, 2014 bur-
glars also broke into Jankie's Jewellery
in Plaza 2001 along the Chaguanas
Main Road. Three men entered through
the roof of the mall and using grinders
to cut open four safes which contained
gold and diamond jewellery. They made
off with some $8 million in precious
No one has been held in relation to
in city shooting
Police are appealing to medi-
cal institutions in the Port-of-
Spain area to be on the lookout
for men who might be seeking
treatment for gunshot injuries
following an attempted robbery
on Charlotte Street yesterday.
At around 3.30 pm, a prison of-
ficer was walking along Charlotte
Street when he was approached by
two men who attempted to rob him
of his jewellery.
The officer took
out his licensed fire-
arm and exchanged gunfire
with the bandits near KFC.
Part of Charlotte Street
was cordoned off as officers
searched for spent shells and
checked nearby businesses to
ensure no one was injured.
They are expected to review
CCTV footage to identify the
The third victim of Monday's triple murder at
John John, East Port-of-Spain has been identi-
fied as Venezuelan nationalMiguel Matillo, 24.
On Monday while the rest of country was prepar-
ing for the onslaught of Tropical Storm Bret, Matillo
was taken to Laventille by Moruga resident Dillon Lewis and
Dominican Republic national Alfredo "Spanish" Marchan, 24,
to conduct an illegal deal.
They were ambushed and
shot dead and robbed of
with wads of US
cash and auto-
shortly after 6 pm
police received a
report of a shooting
at an apartment building
near to the basketball court
at John John.
Police found the three vic-
tims lying next to each other
in a corridor.
Police are working on two
theories that led to the men's
death, both with links to
The first is that they went
to collect $50,000 for a soured drug deal and were murdered. The
second theory is that the men went to collect a sum of money
supposedly as a ransom for someone kidnapped in Venezuela.
Alfredo Marchan ,left, and Dillon Lewis
among John John
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