For the second time in two weeks, bandits pounced on Ellerslie Plaza, Maraval.
In the first incident, bandits got away with $50,000. In the other incident on Monday, the bandits escaped empty-handed.
Two bandits tried to rob the Ellerslie Plaza branch of Häagen-Dazs on Monday. However the bandits were stopped in their tracks by workers who raised an alarm upon seeing them.
The incident happened at about at 12.55 pm while two workers were on duty. It would seem that the bandits knew the operations of this business and knocked at the back door.
The door was opened and two bandits, one of whom was armed, were there. The employee raised an alarm causing other staff members and patrons to get out of the store. The bandits panicked and escaped.
They were spotted by other businessmen as they made their way out of the Mall and escaped in the hills of Boisserre, Maraval.
Director of Operations, Kevin Whiteman, said CCTV footage is being reviewed so the identities of the two bandits could be ascertained.
Top fashion designer and businessman, Peter Elias, who was at the Mall, said, “When it just happened I spoke to the workers. They were shaking with fear, but when I asked if they wanted to go home, they said they wanted to stay. To me, that makes them heroes.”
Two Fridays ago, a woman withdrew $50,000 from the Ellierslie Plaza branch of Republic Bank. She put the money in a bag and placed it in the trunk of her car. She then went with two members of her family to have lunch.
CCTV footage showed a man wearing a Rasta hairstyle, breaking the right back glass of the woman’s car. He then went into the trunk, took up the bag and went into a while Nissan Sunny car which calmly drove away.
It was only when the woman returned to her car, she realized the money was gone.
Meanwhile, a lone bandit made off with $60,000 from a Lotto booth at a building in El Socorro on Monday morning.
According to reports, at about 9.30 am the cashier was at the booth, located at Boundary Road, El Socorro, near M1 Trace, when a man entered the building.
The man pulled out a weapon and announced a robbery. He then demanded that the cashier take him to a locked area, and took a bag with the money that was to be used for the day. The man fled the scene.
Kevin Whiteman, left, and Peter Elias