Sharp observation and quick response by San Fernando CID officers foiled a robbery outside RBC Royal Bank’s Gulf City Mall branch on Thursday.
An 18-year-old man, who was supposed to be the getaway driver, was arrested. However, his accomplice escaped.
At 12.55 pm, a 29-year-old La Romaine business director withdrew $39,000 from the bank. As she sat in her car, the suspect ran up, opened the door and stole her handbag containing the cash and other items.
The suspect then ran to the mall’s entrance along Gulf City Avenue where the suspect was seated in a silver Hyundai Elantra sedan. PC Ameer Ali and PC Sangeet Maharaj were patrolling in a marked police vehicle. On seeing the officers, the first suspect dropped the handbag and ran. The officers blocked off the getaway car as it tried to reverse through the traffic. Police said the suspect is being investigated for other robberies. KF