Monday 26 October, 2020

Security guard and mother charged with $13 million ATM robberies

A St Mary man and his mother who were detained in connection with the theft of over $13 million from two automated teller machines (ATMs) in two parishes on January 5, have been charged by the police.

Amier Beckles, a security guard, and his co-accused and mother, Amandean Silvera, were slapped with charges of larceny, and appeared in the St Ann Parish Court last week.

Following a bail application that was made her attorney, Silvera was offered bail in the sum of $200,000.

However, her son was denied bail and remanded into police custody.

Both accused are to return to court on March 6, when the case will again be mentioned.

Investigators told the court that the matter is still being probed.

It is alleged that on January 5, three men went to an ATM in St Ann's Bay and spray-painted the security cameras before stealing $9.2 million after entering a security code to the safe.

Allegations are that the men then visited another ATM machine in Annotto Bay, St Mary, where they stole an additional $4.5 million.

Police investigators, acting on information, went to the house of a security guard who they had as a suspect in the robbery, in St Mary.

The police said a search was carried out at the house and $4.1 million was recovered from two safes that were at the premises.

The security guard, later identified as Beckles, along with his mother, were taken into custody and subsequently charged by the police.

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