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‘Break-in, not theft’, at the Couva bank | New

Police said it was a burglary, not a robbery, at Republic Bank Ltd (RBL) in Couva two weekends ago.

ASP Sheridon Hill, public information officer with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) Corporate Communications Unit, said he was unable to provide details. specific on items stolen from the bank.

“Specific details of the items taken in the burglary will be given at a later date,” Hill told the Express in a telephone interview on Monday.

Over the long holiday weekend between May 27 and May 30, criminals smashed through a concrete wall at the RBL branch on Southern Main Road, Couva, located opposite Couva Police Station, and across a hole less than half a meter in diameter at its widest point, gained access to the bank.

If anything was stolen from the bank branch, it was not revealed by the police or RBL.

However, a statement from RBL indicates that the branch vault was not breached and all customer records and files remain secure.

Bank employees reported for work on May 31 and discovered the hole in the concrete wall.

Police were contacted by bank officials shortly after 7 a.m. and a team of Couva station officers walked approximately 100 meters to the crime scene at the bank.

A police report into the incident said the bank manager told police the bank was locked and secured by a security guard at around 6.30pm on Friday May 27 and closed for the weekend.

The official said that around 7am on Tuesday, May 31, she arrived at the bank and received some information from a security guard.

She then went to the north side of the building where she observed a hole in the wall of the communications room.






Fixed: Workers have sealed this hole in the back of the bank.


The bank manager then carried out further checks and observed that ceiling tiles above a vault in the northwest corner of the building had been removed and debris around the vault.

She then had the bank secured and made a report to the Couva police.

The bank manager indicated that the safe contains safe deposit boxes and other documents belonging to the bank.

Acting Sergeant Harriot and PC Flemming attended the scene and observed the hole in the comms room wall as well as a hole above the vault, punching about eight inches of concrete and a sheet of one inch thick metal.

Several metal boxes (identified as safes) were also observed on top and on the floor near the vault, and they were all open and empty.

The report further states that the two officers interviewed people and received information that according to CCTV footage outside the bank, two people were seen at the north end of the building around 1 a.m. Sunday morning.

They also covered the camera with something obstructing his view, according to the report.

Police have requested CCTV footage and statements.

Central CSI agents attended the scene and scanned the area for fingerprints.

PC Douglas investigates.