$77,000 in alcohol recovered …”2 BOGUS BUYERS CAUGHT”

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They were planning on having a Merry Christmas! Either through  a big bash or selling alcohol to make a fortune for Christmas.

Two men who tendered a bogus cheque for $77,000 worth of  whiskey, champagne and other alcoholic beverages, were arrested on Thursday.

The suspects, a warehouse owner, 58, and a truck driver, 53, were arrested within hours of the crime.

Officers say they are also searching for a third man in connection with the incident.

On Thursday, the owner of S&S Persad Supermarket at Mayaro Main Road, Mayaro, reported to police around 9 a.m. a man claiming to be a representative of an oil services company in Guayaguayare, purchased several cases of alcohol by cheque, for the company’s Christmas dinner.

The alcohol was taken by the grocery’s employees to a location at New Grant, Princes Town.

However, they were then told that the venue for the dinner had changed and the alcoholic beverages were to be taken to another location.

The drinks were loaded onto a flatbed truck and driven away by a male truck driver around 3 p.m.

The supermarket owner became suspicious about the purchase and reported the incident to the police.

Police went to a warehouse in Enterprise, Chaguanas, where the suspects were detained.

Police said that checks against the invoice for the transaction revealed that most of the alcohol was recovered from the warehouse.

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THE RECOVERED ALCOHOL

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