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Sunday 22 October 2017
Crime and Court

$150,000 burglary at BIR

Burglars using a blow torch, cut through a wall on the southern side of the Ramsaran Street, Chaguanas office of the Board of Inland Revenue (BIR) on Monday.

They cut open a steel vault and escaped with $150,000.

Police reported that the vault was secured by an employee shortly after 5 pm and the office secured.

It is believed that between Monday night and early yesterday burglars carried out the heist undetected. Police sources reveal that there were no guards assigned to that office which resulted in the bandits being able to carry out the heist.

The burglary was only discovered early yesterday when employees arrived for duty and saw the gaping hole on the southern side of the building. Officers under the supervision of Assistant Commissioner of Police Surujdean Persad went to the office and the area was cordoned off. Employees were not allowed into the building as officers processed the scene.

Surveillance footage was handed over to officers of the Cyber Crime Unit. Police said they are not ruling out the possibility that the burglars received inside information. Police are expected to interview several employees.

Two Sundays ago, the Montrose branch of First Citizens Bank was the scene of a $3,000,030 burglary. Police say, burglars used blow torches to gain access to the bank and its vault.

Following the bank burglary, Deputy Police Commissioner Harold Phillip assigned Port-of-Spain CID head, Ag Snr Supt Ajith Persad along with Snr Supt Kenny Mc Intyre to investigate.

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