(CMR) Gunmen made off with approximately $23 million on Sunday after attacking Beryllium security guards depositing cash at a Scotia Bank ATM in St Catherine, Jamaica.
The brazen daylight attack was caught on camera, with videos of the incident widely circulated on social media. Reports are that gunmen fired shots from high-powered weapons as the security team was offloading the money at the Portmore location. Three armed security officers, as well as the driver of the armored vehicle, were hit. They were hospitalized in serious but stable conditions.
Police have also theorized that one of the gunmen was also shot. Following the incident on Sunday, police seized two motor cars that were used by the gunmen involved. The cars were abandoned by the gunmen in the Lakes Pen area of St Catherine.
This is the second attack on Beryllium teams in less than a month, the first of which happened at the end of February when gunmen staged a brutal early morning attack as security guards delivered cash to a Jamaica National Bank ATM, also in Portmore. One Beryllium guard was killed and two injured as the thieves made off with approximately $10 million.
In a statement following the incident on Sunday, Andre McLean, president of Beryllium Limited, said one of its vehicles and the crew came under heavy attack at Scotiabank, Cookson Pen branch.
“The driver and three crew members were shot and injured. We are cooperating with the police in their investigations. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with the crew and their family at this time,” McLean said.
He added: “For the safety of our clients and our team, Beryllium is currently assessing its operations islandwide, which may result in delays in the delivery of services.”