PS member arrested over Thambuttegama armed robbery attempt
4 months ago
A member of the Rajanganaya Pradeshiya Sabha has been arrested in connection with the attempted armed robbery of Rs. 22.3 million in cash near a private bank in Thambuththegama yesterday, police said. The arrested suspect is a Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) member of the Rajanganaya Pradeshiya Sabha while he is accused of aiding and abetting the suspects arrested over the robbery attempt. Two suspects had been arrested along with a firearm while attempting to flee after robbing more than Rs. 22 million in cash from a businessman near a private bank in Thambuttegama yesterday (26), as a result of the heroic efforts of a police officer. The incident had occurred at around 2.00 p.m. yesterday while a businessman from the Thambuttegama economic center was bringing approximately Rs. 22.3 million in cash to be deposited at a private bank in Thambuttegama. As the businessman had arrived at the bank branch in his car, two masked men wearing motorcycle helmets to conceal their identities had arrived on a motorcycle and had robbed the two bags containing the cash from the victim after threatening him with a firearm. However, as they were attempting to escape with the stolen cash, a police officer who was on duty nearby and had witnessed the incident had proceeded to act swiftly and intercept the suspects and attempted to apprehend them. The robbers had then thrown chilli powder at the police officer in order to get away from him as he was wrestling with the suspects. Several people who were in the vicinity had then aided him to apprehend both suspects. The police officer involved in the incident, Sergeant D.A.C. Buddhika Kumara attached to Thambuttegama Police, later told reporters that in addition to attacking him with chilli powder, the suspect wielding the firearm had also attempted to shoot him and that despite pulling the trigger the weapon had not discharged. The two arrested suspects, aged 48 and 50, are said to be residents of the area while a 12-bore rifle, a bullet, a large knife and the motorcycle used by them were also taken into custody by the police.