by Michel Outridge
11 April 2010 02:57
of burglaries at Canal Number Two
RESIDENTS of Canal Number Two Polder, West
Bank Demerara last week expressed concern
over recent burglaries in their village.
They said at least 10 houses were broken
into while the occupants were asleep and,
in most instances, the burglars helped
themselves to food and drinks and
defecated on the premises.
of the victims told the Chronicle, during
a visit there, that Police responded to
their calls after they awakened to
discover that their homes had been
burglarised but they want ranks to
maintain their presence in the community.
Ramsamooj at his
bandits rob West Coast Berbice store
The complainants believe the bandits, whom
they have dubbed the ‘faeces gang’,
belong to the area and are drug addicts.
One victim, Ramsamooj, 57, of Lot 38 New
Annleget, said that, on Tuesday last, he
was summoned to his parents’ house which
had been the scene of a burglary and found
that entry was gained by removing a few
louvre panes from a window and climbing
onto a zinc shed from some steps.
The building, which is unoccupied by
persons, had contained mechanical tools
and other equipment used for farming but
all were removed from the lower flat and
abandoned in the backyard, after the
thieves were seen by neighbours who raised
After fleeing that scene empty handed, the
burglars went to the neighbours some hours
later, broke in and stole money that was
on a kitchen table before moving next door
to where Pradhuday Ori, 53, of Lot 37 New
Annleget, lives and houses Upfront Chinese
They got into the eating place but were,
again, unable to take anything because
their presence was observed.
However, they discarded a pair of
three-quarters pants, a hat, torchlight
and a knife which was taken from a shed at
the back of the yard where they also
Another victim, greens vendor Anita
Nandkishore, 42, of Lot 4 Reserve, related
that, two Fridays ago, she awoke, as
is customary, at 03:30 h and saw some
articles belonging to her children on the
She did not suspect anything until she saw
that louvre panes were missing and later
realised that she lost an expensive
cellular phone, a wrist watch, a DVD
and $30,000 from a wardrobe in the lower
flat of her home.
Ori pointing to the spot where the
The booty had been taken while Nandkishore
and her five children were asleep but,
subsequently, Police arrived and dusted
the place for fingerprints.
The bandits also targeted S. Loaknauth
Liquor Restaurant, owned by Ganesh Singh,
37, of West Half Middlesex. There, they
removed louvre panes from a window and
took six bottles of vodka, other beverages
The gang also drank some of the alcohol
and left the empty bottles, cigarette
butts and excrement covered with a shirt.
Singh said they did not get into his
residence because of the heavy grill work
but were able to steal from the liquor
shop by putting their hands through the
breached window while himself and two
other occupants, including a child, slept.
He later noted that his bicycle had been
Two weeks ago, thieves broke into the home
of Dharamdat Surujpaul and stole $200,000
in local and foreign currencies after
ransacking the place.
They secured access by opening an
unsecured window on the lower flat of the
two-storey building and searched through
wardrobes and the entire house while the
six occupants slept.
Nandkishore at her kitchen window
through which the burglars
to the house
Again they left faeces after discarding,
in the backyard, the empty purses from
which all his children’s savings were
Police ‘D’ Division Commander,
Assistant Commissioner Gavin Primo,
commenting on the spate of burglaries,
said they are being investigated and
vigilant patrols are continuing where they
He exhorted villagers to remain calm and
exercise caution by securing their houses
and reporting all intrusions.
Primo announced that he plans to visit the
troubled community shortly.
Singh at the spot where the bandits
defecated after robbing his shop