Khrishnadat Singh, an auto spares
dealer, is thankful that his life was spared following an
armed robbery at his business place at Lot 336 Quamina and
Cummings Streets, South Cummingsburg in Georgetown.
Yesterday, at about 13:00 hrs, the 32-year-old businessman was
in his establishment, Khrishna Auto Spares, tending to
customers when a man walked in wearing a toque and brandished
a .38 Nickel revolver. Two customers, a friend and
Singh’s wife, Nadira, were in the shop at the time. The
gunman warned the customers that, “I ain’t come for
y’all, is he (Singh) I want.”
Singh said that the man, whom he recognised as being part of a
group that was in his shop a few minutes earlier, pointed the
revolver to his face and relieved him of jewellery valued at
about $300,000 and a cellular phone valued at $65,000.
“I throw my two rings on the ground to create a distraction,
but the customers run out of the store and then the bandit run
out seconds after.” The man, Singh said, made good his
escape as a pillion rider on a black 250cc motor scooter.
Singh said that he also observed that another motor cycle - a
CG 125 - also sped away from the scene at the same time. He
said, “They (the motor cycle riders and the bandit) were in
the store just about ten minutes before the robbery and asked
the cost of an item and then they left.” The matter was
reported to the Alberttown Police Station.
The business has been in operation since 2005, and had been
the target of an attempted robbery last year. On that
occasion, two men walked into the store and Singh observed
that one had a gun. According to the businessman, upon
recognising that a robbery was about to happen, he ran away
and concealed himself.
Following yesterday’s incident, Singh said that there is
need for more frequent police patrols in the area.
February 12, 2008