The United Methodist Church Compound on 12th Street, Sinkor, Monrovia, was last Sunday morning burglarized by ten to twelve men, armed with what the Daily Observer learned were pistols and single-barrel shotguns, and made away with US$14,000 cash and other valuables, including computers and an unspecified amount of Liberian dollars, security officers said.
During the attack the men looted several private offices in the compound after they overpowered and tied-up two on-duty security guards from the Ricky 9 Security Service, a private security firm assigned to the compound.
According to Joseph Tamba, the president of the National Health Workers Association of Liberia (NAHWAL), the men broke into NAHWAL’s offices and made away with US$535 and L$210.
Tamba told the Daily Observer yesterday at the crime scene that, according to two of the security guards on duty that night, the robbery seemed well coordinated because there were two other men dressed in Liberia National Police (LNP) uniforms, manning the scene.
Another office that was burglarized belonged to the New Liberia Media Initiative (NLMI) for Peace, Democracy and Development whose Executive Director, T. Korta Dogba Sr., said the robbers made away with US$6,000 and a 2.5 KW FM Transmitter.
He said Sunday’s burglary was the fourth. Other items taken during previous burglaries included generators and air conditioners.
Other offices that were hit during the robbery included the West Africa Initiative (WAI) building; NELAL, a law firm operated by Cllr. Viama J. Blama; the offices of a local women’s group; and the offices of the Bible Translator.
WAI’s Director Thomas Hackor said the robbers took away three laptops, a printer, and US$200 in cash.
The head of the United Methodist Church Liberia Annual Conference (UMC/LAC) Security Guard Service, Joseph Zor, corroborated Tamba’s account and said a team of police officers visited the crime scene.
He said the officers, who came in a pick-up truck, hastily left the crime scene.
Mr. Tamba believes that the robbery was an inside job, because the robbers only entered offices where money was kept.
Three of the Ricky 9 guards, who visited the crime scene yesterday, told reporters that their offices in Congo Town have started investigating the case.
LNP spokesman Sam Collins told the Daily Observer via mobile phone that his office was yet to receive the report on the burglary.