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Prison Officer nabbed in attempted burglary

Published: 
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

An early morning rooftop pursuit between two bandits and police officers has led to the arrest of one of the thieves, a 27-year-old Prison Officer.

Around 1 am, a security guard attached to a furniture store located within Plaza Grande, Sangre Grande, heard strange noises coming from the two storey building’s rooftop.

The guard alerted officers attached to the area’s police station located in viewing distance of Plaza Grande.

Police officers surrounded the building and proceeded up to the roof where they caught the men in the act. The man, armed with a Milwaukee hammer drill, had already loosened several galvanise screws.

The men dashed off the Plaza’s rooftop and jumped onto the roofs of nearby buildings. The police gave chase.

The thieves crawled down to ground level where one escaped but the other, a prison officer who has four years’ service and is attached to the Port-of-Spain penitentiary, was not so fortunate.

The prison officer of Boys Town, Sangre Grande, is currently being questioned in relation to four successful rooftop burglaries last year, all in close proximity to Tuesday morning’s attempt.

Police say a second arrest for this latest incident is imminent as investigations continue.

The officers who responded to the call this morning included Insp Lutchman, PCs Khan, Samuel, Dandrade, Boochoon, and WPC Timothy of the Sangre Grande Police Station.

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