Ag. Inspector Gideon Dixon, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Social and Welfare Association (TTPSSWA). Image courtesy TTPS.

Bandits struck at the NP gas station in Laventille during the blackout period on Wednesday night and made off with a safe, grocery items and cigarettes.

The gas station is managed by the T&T Police Service Social and Welfare Association (TTPSSWA).

According to a police report, about two hours after the power was cut, workers locked the doors and windows of the gas station located at the corner of Espinet Street and the Eastern Main Road and left at about 3 pm.

Upon their return to work early on Thursday morning, they discovered the Quik Shoppe and office area had been broken into and ransacked.

Entry, police said, was gained through a hole in the wall made by the perpetrators.

Guardian Media understands the safe, which contained $24,000 in cash, was missing.

The bin of the cash register, which contained $500, also was missing.

In addition, several items were stolen from the Quik Shoppe including 34 bottles of motor oil, eight bottles of diesel oil, six cartons of Orchard juice, 12 packs of Supligen, 19 rolls of toilet tissue, and an undisclosed number of cartons of cigarettes.

TTPSSWA president Gideon Dickson visited the scene mid-morning on Thursday and urged members of the community to help them find the perpetrators.

“We cannot accept it.  For what it’s worth, I know we had an island wide blackout and crimes of opportunity would have, in fact, taken place,” Dickson said.

“We intend to have this matter solved before the week is out. We are discouraged and disheartened because no one from Toco would come here.  It has to be someone from right around, so we are calling on members of the community if you have information that can assist, because we have a Quik shop, retail gas that they benefit from.  This is a loss not only for NP and the Association partnership but for the community at large,” he added.

Dickson disclosed that the camera system was dismantled but added that they are hopeful the IT person can still retrieve footage from it.

Dickson said that the Association will now have to evaluate its existing security apparatus on the compound.