- $100,000 plus computer stolen
By Leonard Gildarie
being turned back from Grove Post Office yesterday after the
facility closed its doors for the day.
For the second time in months, unknown persons have torched
their way in the Grove Post Office, this time stealing more
than $100,000 in cash and a computer.
The burglary, early yesterday morning, left the facility
closed for the day and neighboring businesses and persons
calling for increased security.
Scores of letters were also burnt and left strewn on the floor
of the building.
Investigators were on the scene early yesterday as the
staffers turned up for work and found the back door wide open
and contents of the safe, minus cash, burnt from the blow
Kaieteur News was told that the perpetrators, like the earlier
break-in in early November, torched an iron bar on the back
window to gain entry.
Using raincoats which several staff had left in the building,
the burglars covered the window and torched open one of the
safes. Several documents were burnt in the process, this
newspaper was told.
It is believed that they left through the back door since the
locks there were also torched and removed.
Oxy-fuel welding and cutting
Kaieteur News has learnt that it was more than likely that the
break-in occurred in the morning hours as a businessman whose
building is under construction next door said he was there
from midnight and heard or saw nothing.
This newspaper understands that due to the damage when
burglars broke in early November, it was only recently that
the door to a main safe was returned and re-installed. This
may possibly have saved more losses and damage.
It is also believed that the same persons who broke in
yesterday were responsible for the previous attempt.
Bishop Juan Edghill
Yesterday, Chairman of the Guyana Post Office Corporation,
Bishop Juan Edghill, said that he was aware of the break-in
and that police were conducting their investigations, but he
was unable to provide details.
The Chairman, while refusing to discuss security measures of
post offices, would only say that a number of measures have
been implemented to minimize losses, including not keeping too
much on the premises.
Among its wide range of services, post offices pay pensioners
and process money orders.
Saturday, January 09, 2010