Police continue to investigate a series of armed robberies that continue to plaque business establishments in the Cayo district. We have reported of the armed hold up at a grocery store in the Valley of peace community on Monday night. Three masked and armed men entered the store wearing camouflage clothing. Police say the men arrived in a green vehicle and when they left they took with them up to 2, 500 dollars and the proprietor’s licensed 9mm pistol. The proprietor sustained minor injuries to his body and Police have made no arrests so far. On Tuesday, after two in the afternoon, police went to Julie’s Hardware on Blue Bird Street in San Ignacio Town where armed robbers had hit again.
ASP Alejandro Cowo Head of CIB, Belize City: “They spoke to Maria Frazier who reported to the police that while she was inside of the business establishment two male persons entered the said establishment. These two male persons are of clear complexion suspected to be Hispanic descent. One of them had a bag of bottles which he took there to the store and whilst he was speaking to the male person he pulled out a firearm and pointed it at her. There after he robbed her of a cell phone, a tablet and a small amount of cash. Thereafter the two male persons left on board of a motorcycle, so far police has not detained anyone and we do not have an identity of the two robbers.”
On that same date Lighthouse Restaurant in Benque was targeted by robbers. The owner. 38-year-old Zing Huang Zeng 38 told police the men ran off with money and food.
ASP Alejandro Cowo Head of CIB, Belize City: “Whilst he was inside of the restaurant along with another person. Two male persons of Hispanic descent again entered the restaurant pretending to be purchasing food items. Whilst they were inside of the shop a male person pointed a firearm and demanded money from them. As a result, he handed over a small amount of cash and also the persons left with four fried chickens from the establishment. Fortunately nobody was injured, thereafter the male persons made good their escape. No one has been detained and police are looking at the descriptions of the male persons.”
The string of robberies has triggered police to issue a notice to business owners and that is to be more vigilant of the people who enter their establishments.
ASP Alejandro Cowo Head of CIB, Belize City: “We have been advising business owners that they must be careful and they must be vigilant as to persons entering their business establishment, to pay keen attention to them and also not to have a large quantity of cash with them in their store. If you are a business owner and you know that during the day you have sold an x amount of goods and you have an x amount of cash you can find some way to store it and not leave it inside of the shop and also that they must be very observant as to who is entering their business establishment as well because we have noticed that most of this business that are being robbed, these persons have previously been in the business just monitoring the situation and later on they come back and commit the robberies.”
Business owners are encouraged to report any suspicious moves to the police.