Robbers Play Cops …. Cops on Alert

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Updated: February 22, 2016

The Belize Police Department is asking the public, especially security officers to be on the lookout for fake police officers. This alert comes after another security officer was robbed of his firearm on Friday night. A forty two year old Security Officer of AAA Security Officer stationed at JL’s Quick Loan on Douglas Street is the latest victim of this crime. The security told police that in the wee hours of Saturday morning, two men dressed up as police officers pounced on him and his co worker. One of the fake cops pulled out a gun and told them to hand over their firearms. The fake duo fled the scene on feet and with a point thirty eight revolver. According to Public relations officer for Eastern Division North, Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood, the fake police officers wear a long blue pants with the green stripes on the side and a khaki shirt. Investigators are not sure whether it is an actual police uniform or a homemade look alike that they wear. However, there are key features of a police officer’s uniform that you can take note of to determine if you are looking at a real police officer.

FITZROY YEARWOOD

“We believe it’s connected to the other incidents where two persons going around dressed as police officers have been making such attacks. They attacked an office where they didn’t get anything and then they went to a cable company where they got a firearm, we believe that it’s the same perpetrators so we have asked for help from the general public and also these officers that are carrying firearms to perform their duties. It would be more difficult on their duties without a firearm so we are asking them to be very careful. Most of these officers have received firearm training and they know what the precautions are. We can’t blame them soley, we are asking the general public that if you have doubt in your mind that that person that approaches you is a police officer diall 911. This is the only way we believe that we can capture these culprits and put an end to this kind of fear in the public.”

LOCAL REPORTER

“Have you been able to establish their mode of operation in terms of how they approach the businesses as well as the vehicles that they are using?”

FITZROY YEARWOOD

“We have been informed by several reports that they are dressed in blue and green trousers and the khaki shirt that are used as number one for our officers. We are not saying that they are police officers but we are trying our best. We have established so far their MO and we have quite a few operations planned to deal with it so we are hoping very soon to crack this case and we hope that the general public can assist us. From what the victims have described to us so far, they say that it resembles the police uniforms. We are trying our best to put this together. We have a combined effort of officers from eastern division north and south and our support form the rural because we need to do a combined effort to put a stop to something like this.”

LOCAL REPORTER

“You believe that these two individuals are from Belize City?”

FITZROY YEARWOOD

“That is our belief.”

LOCAL REPORTER

“Do you believe that they are from any gang?”

FITZROY YEARWOOD

“We are not sure, we need to capture them first and I will be able to answer all of those questions.”

Investigators believe that the fake cops are from Belize City.