Two suspects nabbed by local fishermen
passers-by chased down and caught a pair of masked men who tried to rob
Blackbeard’s liquor store in Grand Harbour on Monday afternoon.
arrested the robbers, who were allegedly carrying a shotgun and a can of pepper
spray, and they are currently in custody.
One of the
men who chased the robbers said he and his friend tackled the pair and disarmed
them shortly after they left the store and took off running.
into a chase and we apprehended them,” said the man, who asked not to be named.
“The chase went on a long time – about a half an hour.”
ran through the car park at Grand Harbour, and onto Selkirk Road before
doubling back and eventually being stopped by the two men on open land near the
Royal Bank of Canada.
“It was all
on foot, no vehicles,” said the man who chased the pair.
to witnesses, the female cashier on duty at the front of the store spotted the
two men, who had shirts covering their faces, as they entered Blackbeard’s, and
ran and locked herself in the bathroom. The two men then left the store,
apparently empty handed.
Police search for suspect getaway car
Detectives investigating the attempted robbery at
Blackbeard’s are keen to trace the driver of a car which was
seen driving off from the Selkirk Drive area shortly after the
Detective Chief Inspector Mike Cranswick said: “ The
information we have been given by members of the public who were in the area
when the crime occurred suggests that a 3rd person may have been
involved in the incident. It seems that a car – a silver/ grey Pontiac four
door sedan – was parked in the vicinity of Selkirk Drive as the incident
unfolded on Monday afternoon. There was only one person inside the car – the
male driver. He drove off as the suspects left the liquor store and were chased
into Selkirk Drive by members of the public.
“We would be keen to speak to this man, anyone who saw him in
the area or driving off from the scene, or anyone who can provide any
information as to his identity or the location of the car, as soon as possible.
Any information about this man or the car could be vital to the ongoing
Two men aged 17 and 18 years were arrested Monday
afternoon after they were detained by the two passers-by.