A gunman pulled off a robbery outside the Marabella branch of Scotiabank moments before they opened their doors to the public yesterday morning. A south pharmacist who was standing second in line in front the bank’s door was robbed of his bag containing $90,000 which he was going to deposit into his account. The bandit escaped in a waiting silver Nissan X-trail van which, police identified as stolen, was later found abandoned in Gopaul Lands, Marabella. Police believe the businessman was followed to the bank. According to a police report, at about 7.57 am yesterday, the bandit walked up to the victim, put the gun to his (businessman) head and ordered him to hand over the bag. As he was leaving, he snatched a handbag containing $3,000 from a woman who, along with others in line, had been ordered to lie on the ground while the robbery was being committed.
Investigators believe the businessman, whose pharmacy is on the outskirts of San Fernando, was the main target. Police said the businessman is thankful his life had been spared. However, the incident left other customers shaken.
Marabella police are investigating.