Authorities at the scene of the incident

Western Union services had to be shifted temporarily to Canefield, after its Hanover Street business place in Roseau was robbed earlier Thursday.

The Western Union office in Dominica is managed by HHV Whitchurch and Company Limited.

The company’s managing director Gerry Aird told Dominica News Online that two female Western Union employees were preparing for the day’s work at about 7:30 Thursday morning when two masked men forced their way into the building on Hanover Street.

Aird said the two men, one of whom was armed with a gun, roughed up the two female employees and also accosted another male employee who walked in during the robbery, before making off with “quite a bit of money”.

He couldn’t say exactly how much money was taken.

The Managing Director said the Hanover Street Western Union operation had to be moved to Canefield for the day because the incident left staff traumatized.

One of the female employees, who is pregnant, was taken to hospital for observation.

Gerry Aird said he was pleased that the police were on the scene very quickly, and are investigating the matter.

The businessman said Thursday’s development was a very worrying one that makes a case for putting in place more stringent security measures.

He told DNO those measures should include the introduction of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras to make it easier to nab would-be thieves.