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Residents of Lopinot sprang into action and made a citizens’ arrest when they heard about bandits in the area robbing people at gunpoint.

According to reports reaching Guardian Media one of the bandits was held by residents and tied up and the police called in.

Just after midday on Wednesday, police received information of a robbery in progress along the Lopinot Main Road, in the vicinity of Surrey Village.

The officers were told that three men attempted to rob a resident of the area and as they were attempting to flee the scene, the victim raised an alarm, and residents rushed out to help him.

Police said one of the victims of Lopinot Settlement was at his home when three men with masks entered his home.

Two were armed with firearms and one with a cutlass.

The bandits told him to lie down on the ground and demanded money from him. He became fearful and handed over $2,000 cash which was in a nearby drawer.

The men then went to the next room where they stole a black iPhone X valued at $10,000. They also ordered a woman in the house to hand over her valuables which amounted to a gold chain valued at $9,000, two pairs of gold earrings valued $300 and $275, two gold bracelets valued $2,000, a gold citizen watch valued $600 and a bottle of American Eagle Vodka valued $300.

They then made their escape by running out the front door of the house and into two vehicles that were waiting.

A report was made and officers of the Northern Division Task Force, Arouca C.I.D and Arouca Chargeroom responded and together with the assistance of the villagers three suspects were apprehended – an 18-year-old of Phase 5 David Boone Drive, La Horquetta; a 20-year-old of Carlton Ottley Circular Phase 5 La Horquetta and a 41-year-old of Garden Village, Arouca.

The two vehicles were found abandoned along Guadeloupe Road Lopinot and were taken to the Arouca Police Station to be processed.

A magazine and 24 rounds of live 5.56 ammunition were also recovered from the scene.