Army officers did not loot Tru Valu Supermarket during the attempted coup in July 1990, they got permission from the manager to take grocery supplies. Major General Ralph Brown, giving evidence before the commission of enquiry into the 1990 insurrection, denied earlier claims by Brigadier Carl Alfonso that army officers from Camp Ogden went into Tru Valu in Long Circular Mall and took everything they could.
Members of the First Battalion were stationed at Camp Ogden in Long Circular under Colonel Hugh Vidale. Brown was also based there. Giving his version of what really happened, Brown, who was commanding officer of the T&T Regiment at the time, told the commission at the Caribbean Court of Justice in Port-of-Spain, "Alfonso was not totally correct in saying army officers looted Tru Valu." Quoting from an army log of August 11, 1990, he disclosed: "When we realised that the thing was likely to go on, that the coup might be protracted, we felt we would run out of rations.
"We had about two weeks of perishable items and the main rations store was in Teteron. Brown readily acknowledged, however, that two former army officers, Captain Wallace and Captain King, looted in Port-of-Spain. "Yes, the officer's (Captain King) home was like a warehouse,' Brown told the commission. (YB)