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Thieves tie up guards, cart off safe from NIS Melanie Damishana office, return gun, keep bullets

NIS office, Melanie Damishana, East Coast Demerara

Thieves early Tuesday morning tied up two guards at the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) branch at Melanie Damishana, East Coast Demerara, and carted off a safe containing GYD$600,000, police said.

A Guyana Police Force officer said three men tied up the guards, took away a firearm belonging to one of the guards and then entered the building. The incident occurred around 1:30 am.

On retrieving the safe, Officer Ramlakhan said investigators were told one of the thieves kept the bullets and returned the gun to the guard.

None of the bandits was arrested, but police said they have detained the guards as investigations continue.

Sources said the money was for social security pensions.