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$.6m in cellphones stolen from mall
Police probing yesterday's
$600,000 phone heist at Gulf
City Mall, La Romaine are in-
vestigating whether the sus-
pects had inside help.
Investigators said there are
many critical questions to be
answered as to how four armed
bandits were able to use a ham-
mer to break the main entrance
glass door of a manned mall and
escaped with 98 Samsung and iP-
hone mobile phones along with
associated accessories from R&J
Cell Tech Ltd within three min-
Officers said based on video
footage, the suspects went di-
rectly to the store on the upper
level of the mall and again used
the hammer to break the glass
door and showcases.
Reports stated that around 7.25
pm Thursday, the store's owner
Rabindranath Maharaj, 60, locked
up and left the mall.
Around 4.15 am, yesterday, he
received a notification from his
Blink Vigilance Alarm Monitoring
System of a break-in.
When he went to the store, it
had already been raided.
Based on the reports inves-
tigators received, several of the
security officers were attending
to another issue in another area
of the mall.
The guard manning the en-
trance was tied up by the bandits.
Their identities were concealed
by T-shirts over their faces.
The robbery came a month
after Maharaj was exonerated
on four charges of extortion and
demanding money by menace.
It was alleged that he demanded
over $200,000 from contractor
Rajkumar Ramkissoon during a
When Maharaj first appeared
in court charged with the four
offences in February 2015, his
attorney Keith Beckles submit-
ted that he was innocent and was
a victim of fraud.
Beckles also claimed it was
ironic his client was charged,
as he was a victim of a dishon-
est cheque allegedly issued by
However, in a telephone inter-
view, Maharaj blamed rampant
crime and unemployment as the
reason for the crime.
Although there are several oth-
er mobile phone outlets near his
store, he said iPhones were hot
sellers and R&J Cell Tech Ltd was
a major dealer in the country.
He said it was strange how the
robbery occurred and most of the
security was not aware of what
was taking place at the mall.
"This is very strange, that they
broke the front entrance. Four
men armed with guns and the
security said they held him up.
"The alarm went off at 4.07 and
at 4.08 I received the called on
"These bandits knew exactly
where they were coming. The
guard we spoke to said the men
held him up with a gun. They told
him to lie on the ground and not
"This is very strange," Maharaj
Police are warning members of
the public against buying Sam-
sung handsets and iPhones from
off the streets, as they could be
receiving stolen property, which
is also a crime.
Maharaj has been robbed over
14 times in the last 14 years.
The police has asked that an-
yone coming into contact with
street sellers of such phones to
contact the San Fernando CID at
...owner suspects inside job
Accused child molester sent for mental check-up
The man charged with fon-
dling a six-year-old boy's penis
at a Chaguanas church has been
remanded for psychiatric evalu-
ation at the St Ann's Mental Hos-
pital when he appeared in court
Sunil Sawh, 30, was brought before
Second Court magistrate Sherene Mur-
ray-Bailey charged with sexual touching.
It is alleged that Sawh, while at the
Universal Church of God at Marc Street,
took the boy to a dark corner of the
building where he pulled down the boy's
pants and fondled the boy's genitals.
The incident occurred sometime in
Sawh was arrested while leaving the
church on Thursday.
Yesterday, Sawh was denied bail and
instead remanded in custody, to be sent
to the St Ann's Mental Hospital for eval-
The police prosecutor was Sgt Ken Ali.
Sawh is expected to reappear on July
Burn victim's condition deteriorates
JENSEN LA VENDE
A Santa Cruz resident who suf-
fered third degree burns to 95 per
cent body and remains in critical
condition with a failing heart after
being doused with a flammable liq-
uid and set ablaze.
According to police reports, around 11
am, 35-year-old Mike Victor, of Tappin
Street, Santa Cruz was standing along
Back Street near his girlfriend's home
when a man threw a bucket of liquid on
him and set him afire.
The suspect surrendered to Santa
Cruz police after the incident. Victor
ran into his in-laws' yard where his
girlfriend and mother of his two chil-
dren, Kamie Sorzano, doused him with
a bucket of water.
Yesterday, Sorzano said doctors told
her Victor was not doing well and his
condition had deteriorated from Tues-
day where he was given a 40 per cent
She said doctors informed her that
Victor had low blood pressure and his
heart was weakened and insufficiently
pumping blood to his organs. He is also
in desperate need of skin grafts. Victor,
she said, remained sedated.
Dariel Charles, 24 of Ackal Trace,
Santa Cruz appeared in court on Thurs-
day charged with committing grievous
bodily harm to Victor.
He was denied bail by magistrate
Aden Stroude and will return on Au-
Saturday, July 8, 2017 guardian.co.tt
The entrance to R&J Cell Tech Ltd, at Gulf City Mall, after bandits stole $600,000
worth of cellphones in daring heist.
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