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ROBBERS RIDDLED WITH BULLETS,Quick Police Action Foils Brazen Heist

ROBBERS RIDDLED WITH BULLETS,Quick Police Action Foils Brazen Heist
March 01
17:19 2019

Mayhem unfolded early Thursday morning near the Belize/Mexico border when five armed individuals jumped out of a vehicle and robbed seven peseros (money-changers) at gunpoint, before escaping in a hail of bullets with a team of officers in close pursuit.

Quick response from the officers who were already at the border investigating an unrelated matter led to the apprehension of all of the men who are well-known criminals from Corozal Town.

During a heated exchange of firepower four of the robbers sustained varying degrees of injuries to their bodies and were transported to the Corozal Hospital for treatment. One of the men was critically injured and has since been transported to the Northern Regional Hospital in Orange Walk where he has been listed in a critical condition.

Exceptional Police work also conducted on the Phillip Goldson Highway near where the men attempted to escape on foot during the shootout led Police to recover a bag of money, a 9mm pistol, a .380 pistol and a .223 assault rifle with magazine and accompanying rounds.

Local investigators say that just after 8:22 a.m. on February 28th a team of officers including the MIT, GSU, CIB, SPU and Corozal Police were at the border conducting an operation when they were alerted of a robbery in progress.

A surveillance camera from the area showed as a green SUV stopped directly behind the peseros who were sitting under a shed with their backs turned. The five gunmen dressed in what appeared to be dark clothing and masks jumped out of the vehicle with guns drawn and ran up behind the money changers and took away their bags. The getaway vehicle made a quick turn and picked up the robbers before escaping with guns blazing.

Commander of Operations Sr. Supt Marco Vidal told the media that “immediately after they boarded the SUV officers who were on the ground opened fire at the vehicle as it was leaving the area and boarded their police vehicle and set chase. A pursuit followed where there was an exchange of gunfire between the criminals and the Police. The Police vehicle received impacts, however none of the officers were injured. During the exchange of gunfire, four of the criminals received various degree of injuries.”

Commissioner of Police Chester Williams stated that “We just want to assure the public that the Belize Police Department continues to remain vigilant across the country. We continue to run operations in different parts of the country with a view to minimize the occurrence of crimes, in particularly robberies and murders.”

Williams closed off the press briefing by commending his officers who placed their lives in danger not only on Thursday morning, but every day when they report to duty.

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