GEORGETOWN –– A robbery at Arif’s Service Station at Onderneeming, West Coast Berbice, went wrong for the perpetrators last night when a gun-toting bandit shot his partner dead, while trying to shoot the fuel station supervisor.
The bandit, who is still to be identified, was shot in the centre of the forehead by his accomplice, who reportedly fled the scene in a car that belonged to a customer who was there to refuel. The vehicle was recovered at Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice, some three villages away from the scene of the robbery.
The robber is believed to have escaped with about $100,000.
Police reportedly recovered a knife, a mobile phone, and a pair of sunshades from the slain man.
The entire episode is believed to have been recorded by security cameras at the Guyoil outlet.
The drama began at around 7:15 p.m. when two men, one armed with a knife and the other with a gun, entered the service station and headed for a female pump attendant.
The attendant told Kaieteur News that one of the men went over to her and “calmly” ordered her to hand over “the money”.
She thought the “customer” was joking. When she saw he was pointing a handgun at her, she immediately gave him all the money and fled to a nearby shop.
The robbers then headed to the service station mart, where the supervisor and other staff were on duty.
Kaieteur News understands that the supervisor was about to resist, and the robber with the knife rushed towards him. It was at that same instant that the bandit with the gun tried to shoot the supervisor, but shot his partner instead.
Leaving his mortally wounded accomplice, the gunman reportedly forced a customer out of a car and drove away. The owner of the car reportedly told police that the bandit would not have got far since the vehicle was low on fuel.
The slain bandit’s body lay at the scene for over an hour before being taken to a hospital mortuary.
Back in September, 2014, two masked robbers escaped with an undisclosed sum of money, two cellular phones, and two bags containing workers’ dinner after storming the same fuel station.
The incident was captured on the eight surveillance cameras placed around the premises.
An employee had stated that the gunmen, with faces covered with stockings, arrived in a heavily-tinted car just after a rush-hour of customers.
One of the robbers was carrying a gun, while the other had a knife.
One saw two bags nearby, which he thought were full of money, and picked them up. The bags actually contained the employees’ dinner and two cellphones.
The station is operated by Fareha Hanif.
She recalled that the gunmen went straight for the alarm system and destroyed it just after arriving on the premises. The alarm would have been equipped with a switch that the employees could press to activate a siren placed around the gas station.
Hanif added that the gas station was targeted numerous times.