A security officer who told police that while posted at an El Dorado supermarket he was tied up and the grocery robbed, was arrested yesterday after surveillance footage showed his involvement in the robbery.
Shortly after 2 a.m. on Monday, Arouca police received a call about a robbery at Cost-Cutters Supermarket, at the corner of Eastern Main Road and Caura Royal Road.
When they arrived, they met a 23-year-old security officer, who told the officers that while he was on duty he was ambushed by four bandits who slapped him around before tying him up and leaving him in a back area of the grocery.
He then claimed the bandits then went to the grocery’s office, which they ransacked and then left with a safe.
The security officer was then allowed to leave the Arouca Police Station after being interviewed.
Hours later, however, a closed circuit video of the robbery was reviewed and it appeared that the security officer did not know the location of the camera.
The video showed the uniformed officer helping the men pack items into their bags, including what appeared to be cash and cigarettes.
During the video, the security officer and three of the bandits are seen looking directly at the camera, not realising it was there, as they continued about their business.
Later in the video, one of the men is seen breaking a glass entrance door of the supermarket and wheeling out a safe.
One of the bandits and the security officer are then seen walking off camera with the officer making a phone call.
The security officer was later detained at his Sangre Grande home while another suspect, 18, was also held.
Arouca police are continuing investigations with regard to the whereabouts of two other suspects.