A robbery in Maya Center in the Stann Creek District resulted in the police first chasing a lead on a getaway car, followed by the thieves fleeing on a bus. It happened on Tuesday night, shortly before 8:30. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett said they have caught a couple suspects and are seeking more.
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Crims Investigation Branch: Police received a call of a robbery in progress at an establishment in May Center where upon arrival the Chireceivednese businessman reported to them that shortly before 8:30PM his business was entered by four dark complexioned male persons two of whom were armed and they proceeded to rob him of an undisclosed amount of money as well as three cellphon8:30PM. Police responding to the area observed a white Ford Escort with Belize license plates and in an attempt to intercept the car the driver sped off and the vehicle was later encountered by police on the Placencia road – however, the occupants had made good their escape so that vehicle is now in police custody. Further police investigation revealed that Maya Beach police responding to information boarded a passenger bus that was headed towards Sein Bight Village where upon entering the bus two male persons exited the bus through the back and attempted to make good their escape. Police pursued those persons and caught up with them and one of them was identified to be Akeem Augustine of a Belize City address who at the time had in his possession one 9mm pistol loaded with nine rounds of ammunition. He has since been arrested and charged for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. He was then taken for further investigation where he along with Clinton Garden, a thirty-year-old of a Dangriga address, have since been arrested and charged for the crime of robbery. Police are seeking two other suspects in relation to this matter.”
Two other suspects from Belize City are being sought as the police say they have examined surveillance footage of the robbery. None of the stolen cash has been recovered.