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Corozal Robbery: Opportunistic Crime

Police are looking for two men in connection with an armed robbery that occurred in the Corozal District. As we reported yesterday, the Finance Assistant of Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico, William Mendoza, and principal, Carlos Castillo was on their way to Corozal Town to deposit monies in a bank account. On their way the car they were in reportedly began experiencing mechanical problems, causing them to pull to the side of the road. When they are checking what was wrong with the vehicle, a man armed with machete held up both men and stole eight thousand, six hundred and sixty-seven dollars and sixty-six cents. Head of the Crimes Investigation Branch for Belize City, ASP Alejandro Cowo has classified the robbery as an opportunistic crime.

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“According to the investigators, there is nothing pointing that it was something that was planned or something like that. It was just a crime of opportunity.  The different robberies that have taken place, they have different robberies that we have been noticing noh. Not all of them have the same modus operandi so we definitely know that it is not just a set of a group of persons that is behind this compared to what we have seen in Orange Walk and other places. Corozal one is totally different. We do not believe that it is the same group of persons behind all of these crimes that are being committed. The one on Tuesday, it is obviously a crime of opportunity.”

Cowo says that the two men they are looking for are from nearby villages.