Charged with $3 million First Citizens robbery; no money recovered

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 17:30

Police say they have cracked another major case involving bank funds, with the arrest and subsequent prosecution of a Freeport man, in connection with the break-in and theft of $3,030,000 from First Citizens, Montrose, Chaguanas, branch, sometime between September 22nd and 24th, 2017.

No part of the stolen money has been recovered.

The previous breakthrough came on Monday 18th December, 2017, when four persons appeared before an Arima Magistrate, charged with the $5 million heist from an armoured security vehicle, at Piarco International Airport, on December 6th 2017.

Earlier today, Hardath Solomon, 40, of Mission Road, Freeport, appeared before Senior Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor, in the Chaguanas 1st Magistrates’ Court, charged with counting house break-in and larceny.

Solomon was also charged with possession of two grammes of marijuana, which were allegedly found on his person, when he was detained for questioning by the Criminal Investigations Department, on December 14th, 2017.

The Magistrate refused bail after being informed by the prosecution the accused had matters pending before the courts and had violated his conditions of bail.

He was advised to apply to a Judge in Chambers and the matter postponed to Thursday 4th January, 2018.

Thieves gained access to the bank by prizing open the burglar proofing and a window on the southern side of the building.

Solomon, was charged by ASP Lindon Douglas, of Chaguanas Police Station, on Tuesday 19th December, 2017, following advice received from acting Director of Public Prosecutions, Joan Honore-Paul, on that same day.

The investigation into the robbery was led by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Ag.) in charge of Crime, Harold Phillip and coordinated by Snr. Supt. Ajith Persad, Head of the Criminal Investigations Department.