Police officers in Central and North Trinidad have been commended for quick action that led to the arrest of several suspects who were involved in three robberies on Tuesday.
The officers also seized firearms and ammunition and recovered cash and several stolen items.
Police said in a media release yesterday that at 1.20 pm Tuesday, three suspects—two of whom were armed with guns— entered a supermarket located along the Southern Main Road, Couva and announced a robbery. They allegedly took $1,500 from the cash register and also relieved a delivery driver of $7,000.
The suspects also relieved patrons at the supermarket of their cellphones and other personal items before leaving in a waiting vehicle.
While on mobile patrol, officers of the Central Division Task Force (CDTF) Area-North Unit responded to an alert of a robbery in progress.
The officers received information that led them to the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway, where they spotted a vehicle with five occupants heading onto the Montrose Main Road, Chaguanas. The vehicle was intercepted near the Edinburgh 500 taxi stand.
During a search, the officers seized one Glock pistol with one magazine containing 15 rounds of nine-millimetre ammunition, along with several items believed to have been taken in the robbery in Couva. The five suspects were arrested and taken to the Chaguanas Police Station.
The suspects included a corporal and private of the T&T Regiment and an Arima woman.
In another incident, three men were arrested in Toco shortly after they allegedly robbed a man of $27,000.
Police said a builder was seated in his vehicle at a construction site in Guayama Village, Cumana when two men approached and robbed him.
Both men then allegedly brandished firearms, threatened the builder and then robbed him of $27,000 which represented salaries for his workers.
The men then escaped in a Nissan Tiida motor vehicle which was eventually intercepted by police officers along the Toco Main Road.