A man shoplifted a bottle of rum last night but was shot shortly after by the store owner. The incident began unfolding after eight o’clock last night when one Roberto Carlos Vasquez entered the Home-Ever Supermarket in Ladyville. Vasquez allegedly picked up a bottle of rum off the shelf and exited the store without cashing out. The owner’s wife notified him and that was when Zhufeng Luo confronted the man infront of the store. Assistant Superintendent of Police, Fitzroy Yearwood says that’s when the Vasquez punched the shop owner resulting in a scuffle which subsequently led to Luo shooting the shoplifter in his leg.
ASP. Fitzroy Yearwood, Public Relations, Belize Police Department: “From what I read in the report the shop keeper is saying that he was alerted by his wife that a man entered the store and refused to pay for a bottle of alcohol. He went outside and tried to confront this person about the payment for the item from the store. This person grew very aggressive real quick, attacked him and tried to disarm him from his licensed 9mm and during that struggle he managed to fire off a shot hitting that assailant. That person was transported to the KHMH where he is receiving treatment. We do not encourage shop keepers to go into this one on one kind of aggression with anybody but at the same time because he knew this person he was trying to secure payment for this item. He’s under police guard and our investigators are looking deeper into this report and if he is found to be guilty of committing that act he will be charged for it.”
In the past we have reported on several cases of shoplifting around the country. In the last two years we have reported on the culprits taking deodorants, pregnancy tests, bottles of rum and infant formula. None of them, however, were shot or injured.