Two police officers have been detained for questioning following a report of a ‘$250,000 robbery during a road block’.
The officers—an acting corporal and a police constable—were taken in for questioning on Thursday following an investigation by senior officers of Western Division.
According to police sources, the officers had been pointed out in connection with a $250,000 robbery that took place along the Western Main Road in Cocorite, on October 3rd.
The victim, a well-known businessman, told investigators that he was robbed by the officers during a ‘road block’ of an estimated $1,500 in cash that he was carrying on his person, as well as a quantity of cash estimated to be $250,000 representing sales money, which he was transporting for his company.
The officers reportedly were dressed in police uniform and using a marked police car.
Guardian Media understands that the officers, who are assigned to the Western Division, allegedly borrowed a marked police vehicle from the St James Police Station to do an “extra duty” and reportedly robbed the businessman, before actually doing the extra duty.
A police source said the key for that particular vehicle was usually kept in the glove compartment and is not usually booked in and out in the police vehicle log book. It is believed that one of the officers took the vehicle from the station and followed the businessman’s courier money collector, who was picking up sales money at the Tunapuna and Port-of-Spain branches of the popular clothing store.
The officer then picked up the other officer and they then proceeded to allegedly conduct a “road block” where they stopped the courier and robbed him of the cash.
PC Phipps is continuing enquires.