Police in Regional Division 4’B’ have arrested a 22-year-old suspect who was in possession of both the keys and a motorcar that were stolen from a bodywork shop in Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD).
Commander for 4’B’ Mahendra Singh confirmed that his ranks are investigating an alleged simple larceny committed on Rameshwar Dehali, a 41-year-old auto-body repairman of Grove Squatting Area, EBD.
One grey Toyota Primo motorcar, bearing registration number PSS 6964, valued at $2,400,000, property of 22-year-old Anesa Yusuf, was allegedly stolen between Tuesday at about 18:30 hrs and Wednesday at about 08:00 hrs.
The incident occurred at Lot 6 Tank Street, Grove, EBD.
Enquires disclosed that on Tuesday at about 13:30 hrs, Yusuf took the aforementioned vehicle to Dehali for him to “spray the back bumper”.
Dehali parked the car inside the yard of his bodywork shop and went away, to return the following day to commence work on the vehicle.
He left Ellon (only name given) who would usually provide security for the workshop and properties therein, in his absence. On Wednesday Dehali returned to his bodywork shop and discovered the motor car missing, along with its key, and several other keys for other vehicles. The security guard, Ellon, was also nowhere around.
According to Dehali, he immediately tried to contact Ellon via cellphone to ask him if he had removed the vehicle, but to no avail. He thereafter contacted Yusuf via cellphone and asked her if she had collected her vehicle and she replied in the negative.
They immediately started to search for the vehicle. Based on information received, they went to Second Street, Craig, EBD where they saw the car parked on the northern side of the road facing east with all its parts intact.
Three males were standing within close proximity of the car.
They were asked who the driver of the car is and two of the men pointed out Christopher Persaud, a 22-year-old unemployed man of Craig, EBD.
Dehali carried out a search on Persaud during which he found the car key, along with other keys mentioned in his pants pocket.
He immediately summoned Police ranks who responded and arrested Persaud who was then escorted to the Grove Police Station, along with the vehicle.
The suspect was placed into custody, and the vehicle was lodged.
Efforts were made by the Police to contact Ellon but to no avail.
Statements were taken, and investigations are in progress.