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Police say a collaborative effort between officers of the Northern and Eastern Divisions led to the arrest of three men and the recovery of a quantity of cash and cell phones, within 30 minutes after a robbery incident in Sangre Grande yesterday.

According to a police statement, around 10 am on Saturday, two men entered a business place located on Moolchan Street, Sangre Grande.

They announced a robbery and demanded cash and valuables.

The two men then relieved two caterers of two mobile phones and a quantity of cash, before escaping in a waiting black Nissan Tiida vehicle. One of the assailants was allegedly armed.

Officers attached to the Sangre Grande Criminal Investigations Department (CID) responded, they conducted enquires where valuable information was obtained.

An all-points bulletin was then issued using the partial registration information for the Nissan Tiida vehicle.

Northern Division – Area East Operations with Emergency Response Patrol (ERP) Unit 48 conducted a strategic and intelligence-based exercise, which intercepted the vehicle along the Cumuto Main Road.

The vehicle was searched and a shoebox containing cash and four cell phones were seized.

Two men from Tunapuna and a third man from Diego Martin were detained and handed over to the Sangre Grande CID.