Central police officers were kept busy on Thursday night as several robberies took place in the Cunupia, Las Lomas and Longdenville areas.

Guardian Media understands several people were robbed, with one of the victims being stabbed several times when he failed to give up his car keys to the bandits.

According to a police report, at about 9:15 pm, the 39-year-old victim was at his family’s residence at Bridal Road, Cunupia, when he was approached by two fully masked men dressed in dark clothing and armed with firearms.  The men announced a hold-up and demanded that he handed over the keys to his vehicle.

However, the victim was not in possession of the keys and when he told the two masked men this, they proceeded to beat him about the face.

One of the suspects then stabbed the victim three times about the body and relieved him of his wallet containing $800 cash and one “Plum” cell phone valued at $900.

The men then escaped by running in an unknown direction.

The victim was taken to seek medical attention where he was treated and discharged.

In an earlier incident on Thursday, at about 8:20 pm, a man entered a white Nissan AD Wagon at Chin Chin Road thinking it to be a taxi.  There were four occupants in the vehicle, all of whom were wearing face masks.  Police said as the victim entered the vehicle, the occupants reportedly held down his head and relieved him of one black Samsung A30 cell phone valued $1,500, as well as two gold chains with a total value of $2,350.

Also, in Longdenville, at about 6:45pm, a 50-year-old man was at his home when he was approached by two masked men both armed with knives and dressed in dark coloured clothing.  The men reportedly entered his home through an open front door at the eastern side of the home and announced a hold up.  The men then proceeded to cover the victim with a bed sheet and dealt him several blows about his body.

The suspects then robbed the victim of a quantity of gold jewellery—three chains valued at $6,000; one gold wristband valued at $3,000; four watches valued at $2,000; $6,000 cash; and one Samsung cell phone valued at $1,500.

The suspects then escaped in the victim’s motor vehicle—a blue Mazda 3, valued at $50,000.

However, police subsequently received certain information which led to the vehicle’s recovery.  Cpl Ramdeen and PC Baptiste visited the north-bound lane of the highway in the vicinity of Ansa Mc Al, where the victim’s vehicle was found in a ditch along that roadway.

Investigations are continuing into all three incidents.