Police have staged a manhunt for Poultry Farmer, Alister Stanisclaus who escaped lawful custody last week Thursday.
Police detained Stanisclaus last week Tuesday after the lawmen mounted an operation in the Mt. Parnassus area.
He was placed at South St. George Police Station for safekeeping but escaped after he came out of the holding cell to meet with a visitor.
An informed source identified the visitor as Andy John who is currently on bail but is jointly charged with Stanisclaus for a number of criminal offences in the country.
An informed source told THE NEW TODAY Newspaper that Stanisclaus managed to evade a Police Sergeant who was guarding him.
Commissioner of Police, Willan Thompson is said to have ordered an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the manner in which the detainee managed to flee from the compound of the police station.
The Poultry Farmer who was released on bail in the sum of $50,000.00 three months ago was detained a few days ago by police for questioning in connection with fraudulent activities that took place at Scotiabank two weeks ago.
Last week Tuesday, Scotiabank issued a press release informing the general public of a fraudulent activity, which took place at some of its Automatic Banking Machines (ABM’s).
The bank admitted that a number of local accounts were affected through a process known as skimming, whereby fraudsters capture personal information from customers’ cards with the intention of later using that information to access their accounts.
According to Scotiabank, skimming is a global issue and one that the Caribbean Financial Services Industry is working together to fight.
This newspaper understands that before Stanisclaus had escaped custody, police had already laid three charges on the 34-year farmer in connection with the fraudulent activity at Scotiabank.
Two of the charges are for stealing, while the other charge is for bank fraud.
The Poultry Farmer is accused of stealing cash amounting to $69,970.00, and $41,500.00 from different Scotia Bank operations at Grand Anse and downtown St. George’s.
THE NEW TODAY Newspaper has been reliably informed that a number of prominent persons including a female magistrate have been affected by the fraudulent activity at the ABM’s.
A high level source told this newspaper that clear images were lifted from a camera at the Grenville Branch of the bank identifying Stanisclaus as the person tapping into the ABM.
The source who spoke on condition of not being identified said that officials of the Grenville Branch of Scotiabank became aware of the fraudulent activity there when a female customer informed them that monies were withdrawn from her account that she knew nothing about.
According to the source, a quantity of deposit envelopes and suspected fraudulent cheques were found inside the machine at the Grenville Branch of the bank.
The officials of the bank were able to verify that monies were withdrawn through a scam from a number of customers’ accounts over a three-day period.
A Press Release issued by the Community Relations Department of the Royal Grenada Police Force said Stanisclaus is wanted by the police in connection with stealing and bank fraud and should be considered as armed and dangerous.
Stanisclaus is currently facing a charge of robbery with violence that is pending at the High Court.
That charge was laid on him in August 2011.