Police in Monrovia have confirmed a robbery at a branch of Afriland First Bank in Gbarpolu County, western Liberia with several million Liberian dollars stolen. Initial reports gathered by this paper put the total money stolen from the bank at more than 11 Million Liberian Dollars plus US$4,000.
Attempt to get official comment from authorities at the Afriland First Bank Head Office in Monrovia Wednesday, 24 October was unsuccessful, but sources inside the bank put the amount at a little over 6 million Liberian Dollars.
The robbery at the AFB branch, which is about five minutes’ walk from the police station in Gbarpolu, reportedly occurred early Wednesday at about 2:00 in the morning when everyone was asleep.
However, community residents identified a well-known police informant Daniel Rick, alias Monk, as the prime suspect.
He is said to have led a group of armed robbers riding in a black pathfinder jeep without plate to the bank in carrying out the crime.This paper also gathered that Monk, who is a notorious armed robber, was armed by the police, provided communication set and a sim card with number 0770800141.
When this paper contacted Police Spokesperson, Moses Carter, he confirms the robbery at the Afriland First Bank branch in Gbarpulo County.Carter discloses that the Police are investigating the robbery and adds information available indicates Monk is police informant, and every effort is being made by the Liberia National Police to have him arrested, including all those involved and brought to justice.
According to the Police Spokesman, community residents from the county revealed they saw Monk in their community a day before the robbery.
-Several million Liberian Dollars stolen
–Editing by Jonathan Browne