Preliminary investigations into Wednesday’s $5.5 million heist at the Piarco International Airport in Trinidad have revealed employees there may have had support from co-conspirators with military training, police said yesterday.

Up to last evening, seven people initially detained for questioning in relation to the robbery remained in custody.

According to the Trinidad Guardian, Police sources said two of the detainees, who are security personnel, are believed to hold the key to them making a major breakthrough in the case, which is now deemed “high-profile.”

The source added that they got information that people currently enrolled in the T&T Defence Force teamed up with ex-army personnel and criminal elements from the Maracas/St. Joseph area to carry out the heist, which they said was planned over the past four to six months.

Investigators received information that “strange” people were seen loitering in and around the cargo loading area where the robbery took place for several weeks before Wednesday’s heist.

The next step for investigators is to request surveillance footage from businesses and homes in the area, within a certain distance at all access points to the airport’s perimeter, in the hope of finding other clues to solve the case.

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