Tuesday 16th December, 2008

 

Cops suspect fraud in $3m whisky heist

 
 
 
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GEISHA KOWLESSAR

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 shipment—comprisisng 1,000 cases of Blue and Black Label whisky—were cleared from Port-of-Spain docks on Friday afternoon.

It was supposed to be delivered to the AS Bryden warehouse in Barataria, police said.

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 incident.

The container—minus the whisky—was 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.