ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica — A bearer has been hospitalised after he was shot during an armed robbery in Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth on Friday morning.
Dwight Daley, head of the St Elizabeth Police, told OBSERVER ONLINE that the bearer, who is contracted to a financial institution, was targeted while walking to a bank in the town.
He said about 10:40 am, the bearer was held up by a gunman and a tussle ensued.
The bearer ran but was shot.
Daley said the gunman escaped with an undetermined sum of cash. Investigators are still probing the incident.
The police chief reiterated the need for businesses to use security measures when moving large sums of cash.
He added that the police have been maintaining their presence in Santa Cruz.
“We had a strong deployment of police in the town, but it is just that the police were not at that location,” he explained.
Statistics from the Jamaica Constabulary Force show that up to June 26, St Elizabeth recorded 34 robberies when compared to 12 for the corresponding period last year.