Three men, posing as Customs and Excise officers, stole close to
$3 million worth of premium Johnnie Walker whisky, police believe.
Police said the theft might have been an inside job, and up to late
yesterday afternoon were interrogating a driver.
The shipmentcomprisisng 1,000 cases of Blue and Black Label
whiskywere cleared from Port-of-Spain docks on Friday afternoon.
It was supposed to be delivered to the AS Bryden warehouse in Barataria,
The driver of the truck hauling the container told police that on
reaching the corner of Third Avenue and Fifth Street in Barataria,
he was ordered to stop by three men wearing uniforms resembling
those of the Customs and Excise Division officers.
The assailants then blindfolded the driver, tied him up and drove
off with the container.
It was reported that on reaching the Carlsen Field area, the men
pushed the driver out.
He then made his way to Chaguanas Police Station and reported the
The containerminus the whiskywas found in El Socorro,
San Juan, on Saturday night, police said.
Describing the heist as well-organised, investigators have not ruled
out the possibility that the thieves had inside help.
ASP David Abraham, Cpls Toby and Taylor of Barataria Police Station
are continuing investigations.