Schoolboy held in armed robbery

PORT OF SPAIN — Police have arrested a 16-year-old schoolboy who was reportedly involved in an armed robbery at a pharmacy on Independence Square, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.

According to reports, around 7 a.m. three men entered DisDrugs Pharmacy, between Chacon and Abercromby Streets. Police said two of the men drew guns and began threatening employees and customers before robbing them of cash, cellphones and jewellery. They also robbed the store of almost $38,000 in cash.

They then ran away along Independence Square towards east Port-of-Spain. The victims were not injured by the robbers. Police said a group of officers on mobile patrol noticed the three robbers acting suspiciously and attempted to arrest them.

The lawmen only managed to apprehend one of the suspects who was identified as a 16-year-old teenager of East Dry River. Investigators said that the suspect was known to them and his accomplices are expected to be arrested within the next couple of days. Police did not recover any of the stolen loot. The other two suspects had not been arrested by police up to late yesterday.

The teenage suspect was later identified by the victims of the robbery. He is expected to be charged with armed robbery and is expected to appear in court tomorrow. WPC Dennis of the Central Police Station is probing the robbery. (Guardian)

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