A gunman with a shopping basket fled a Gros Islet business establishment after a failed robbery.
The man who pretended to be a shopper, attempted to pull off a robbery earlier this week.
But the attempt on Thursday about 1:45 pm failed after the cashier fled and the bandit failed to get the cash register open.
A video of the incident, which occurred at the Maison Salaizon outlet in the north of the island, was posted on social media.
The recording, which lasts for a little over a minute, shows the ‘shopper’ with a basket of goods in line at the cashier.
He is wearing a mask as encouraged by health authorities to stop the spread of COVID-19.
As the cashier checks the items in his basket, the bandit looks around furtively, reaches for a firearm and points it at the woman who flees in panic.
He leaps over the counter as others in the business establishment at the time scurry for cover.
The gunman, after making a failed attempt to open the cash register, jumps back over the counter.
But apparently the thought of having gone so far and leaving without anything to show for his crime was too much for him to bear, so he scales the counter again in another attempt to get at the cash.
After failing a second time, he jumps back over the counter and escapes.
Just recently, Sergeant Shervon Matthieu, dubbed – The Cop Who Cares, had released a video urging business owners to be on guard against the possibility of persons wearing masks who enter their business places with ulterior motives.
A security official told St Lucia Times that the incident highlights the need for business people to be on guard against persons who wear masks, ostensibly to halt the spread of COVID-19, but whose real intention is to commit crime.
The security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of not being authorised to do so by his employer, observed that some banks require that customers face security cameras and remove their masks temporarily before entry so that in the event of a crime, they can be identified later.