Police have arrested a suspect in connection with an attempted robbery at a church in D'Abadie this morning.
Officers say the suspect entered the Anglican church with an object resembling a gun.
However, quick thinking worshipers managed to apprehend the would-be bandit, who was arrested by an off-duty police officer who attends the church.
Justin Ali, 19, of Hamilton Drive, Couva; Kellon Parris, 21, of Lady Hailes Avenue, San Fernando; Jason Teesdale, 25, of Circular Road, San Fernando and Akini Friday, 30, of Manahambre Road, Ste. Madeleine, is expected to appear before a San Fernando Magistrate today, charged with sacrilege against the San Fernando Church of the Nazarene, which occurred on 1st May 2018.
Pretrotrin says that further to the article appearing in the Newsday today, it is confirming that it has served a Final Cease and Desist Notice to the Church of God of Prophecy requesting the immediate discontinuance of its trespass and its removal from Petrotrin’s land.
Petrotrin says the church is currently located illegally and unlawfully on the company’s freehold land, in close proximity to one of its oil wells at Mussarap Trace in Barrackpore.
Monsignor Christian Pereira, Administrator of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception will not pursue charges against the perpetrator who desecrated the statue of St Paul and the crucifix used in the Good Friday liturgy.
A statement issued by the Catholic Media Services says the cost of repair and replacement will be borne by members of the congregation.
The incident occurred during the 6.30 a.m celebration of Palm Sunday - Sunday March 25th - as the congregation gathered in the cathedral forecourt for the blessing of the palms.
Bandits have broken into the Faith Assembly Church in Freeport, taking with them some of the church's electronic equipment.
Church officials say this is the fifth time the building has been broken into.
The robbers broke the locks and windows of the church and stole two television sets, a stage monitor and two speakers.
They also ransacked various rooms in the church.
The church says it will now invest in a security system.
Investigations are continuing.