Businesses warned about increase in robberies The would-be robbers that targeted Valu Mart and stole the security guard’s gun on Friday (Oct 10) are still on the loose. Police PRO Inspector Lyndon David, in an update on the case Thursday (Oct 16), told The Observer neither the escape vehicle nor the bandits have been found. Two armed men carjacked a medical student after 2pm Friday at New Road and used her vehicle to attempt to rob the supermarket at the Horsfords Complex on Wellington Road shortly after. Police reported, “While searching for the vehicle, police received a report of a ‘shots fired call” at the Valu Mart parking lot. The same car that was being sought was fired upon by police after they observed the occupants of the vehicle attempting to disarm the security guard. Police officers in plain clothes saw what was taking place and rushed to the aid of the security guard. The assailants disarmed the security guard. One (1) of the police officers discharged his firearm in an attempt to arrest the assailants who fled the scene in the stolen vehicle.”No one was hurt in either incident. Police later recovered the stolen vehicle, a Grey Nissan Altima (P 8330), after it was abandoned in the nearby Ponds Estate area. “The vehicle sustained two bullet holes in the rear windscreen that exited through the front windshield. It is unknown if the passenger was hit as there was no visible signs of blood in the recovered vehicle. The suspects escaped in a white pickup truck that was parked in the area.”One of the perpetrators is described as a young black male between 20-30 years of age, about 6feet tall with facial hair, wearing a red plaid long sleeve shirt, jean pants, and a black cap with gold letters. Inspector David said the investigation is ongoing; he implored persons with information about the incidents to assist the police. “Anyone having information pertaining to these incidents are asked to contact Superintendent Smithen at CID by calling 465-2241 ext. 220 or 230, the nearest police station, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 (TIPS). Remember, you do not have to give your name and you may be eligible to receive a reward.”Commissioner of Police CG Walwyn recently warned the business community to be hyper vigilant as the carnival season approaches, as the Federation usually experiences an increase in robberies in those few months. Business owners and the general public have been advised to check the police website for safety and security tips on preventing robberies and other crimes. The Observer noted that several businesses that previously did not have security personnel or did not employ them full time, have now beefed up security. A number of banks and large companies have doubled the number of security personnel during and after business hours.