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Jul 2, 2020

A Brazen Armed Robbery at Scotia Bank Belama Branch; 5 Thieves Caught

Armed robbers carried out a brazen robbery this afternoon around three o’clock; as many as five men, including a minor, pounced on the Belama Branch of the Scotia Bank.  At the time, customers were still inside the bank conducting businesses.  The investigation is in the early stage, but police have been able to provide some details of the daring robbery. After executing the robbery, the thieves fled toward Seashore Drive area in a van.  Police in hot pursuit nabbed them as they attempted to flee by water in a waiting boat.  But the well-planned robbery was foiled by the quick work of the cops. All five were captured; two were shot and are hospitalized, the stolen money and firearms used in the commission of the crime were recovered. Here is News Five’s Duane Moody with a report. 


Duane Moody, Reporting

A group of five men, including a minor, carried out an armed robbery at the Scotia Bank Belama Branch this afternoon. As customers carried out their banking transactions, the men entered the bank and escaped in a minivan with a bag containing an undisclosed amount of cash retrieved during the heist.


Alejandro Cowo

Supt. Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Eastern Division

“At this moment, we have not established if it was the bank, but we know that there were many persons inside of the bank. And some information is that some of the customers were robbed from inside of the bank.”


The escape was short-lived because police were able to intercept the thieves, but not before the minivan crashed into a pickup truck on the James Brodie’s Limited Compound in the Buttonwood Bay area of the city. They were caught with the loot and firearms used to carry out the brazen mid-afternoon crime.


Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“Several patrol units were dispatched to that location and upon information received of a vehicle getting away along with the suspected persons, police pursued the vehicle where they stopped the vehicle not far from Scotiabank. That would be almost at the entrance with Seashore Drive where a van was seen and five persons were seen running out of the van. Police quick response captured the five persons and found along with them was a bag containing cash and two nine mm pistols. We have two or three mobiles patrolling in that area and also thanks to the assistance of the public who forwarded the information as to the location that the vehicle was travelling which led to the apprehension of the five male persons.”


The thieves were detained while trying to escape on a boat that was moored at the entrance to Seashore Drive when the responding officers fired shots at the culprits. Two were struck—one to the neck and the other to the arm—and have been taken to the K.H.M.H. for treatment. Three others, including a minor, were cuffed and hauled to the Police Station.


Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“During the pursuit, two of the five male persons were injured.”


Duane Moody

“Sir we understand that a boat was in the area, and we are understanding that it was going to be used by these persons. Is that so?”


Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“Yes, actually the police saw when the persons jumped inside of the boat and they were about fifteen or twenty feet away already on the sea when police also fired shots to restrain the persons and force them out of the water.”


Duane Moody

“The success—talk to us about that because we know that three of them have been arrested, while two others are under police guard at the hospital.”


Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“We thank the police for the quick response; thanks to those officers who responded timely. It shows that the police department is working and we have to congratulate those officers that did a very good job just moments ago. Fortunately, nobody was injured inside of the bank and we must give thanks for that. But our police presence in that area is always available and you can see them that police is always patrolling that area.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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