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Jul 29, 2004

Police sceptical of O.W. robbery report

Orange Walk police are tonight investigating a robbery report made late last night that has left officers highly suspicious of the alleged victim. According to nineteen-year-old Hilberto Guerra, a trucker working in the north, he was on his way to his home in Indian Creek village around midnight on Wednesday but stopped in Guinea Grass to pick up a male hitchhiker. But within minutes, the man took out a handgun and robbed him. Guerra says the armed robber stole over two thousand dollars in cash belonging to his employer and a cell phone valued at five hundred dollars. Police have discovered some of Guerra?s belongings, including a black bag and purse, but officers are scratching their heads over a number of questions that have emerged from Guerra?s statement. One, why would a lone driver with such a large sum of money stop to pick up a stranger on a dark road? Two, why was he travelling on the road so late in the first place and lastly, Guerra?s, “if I see him again, I will recognize him” description of his attacker has left officers unimpressed. Guerra underwent further police questioning earlier today.

Meanwhile, police are looking for a man who robbed the Baymen Cable office in Ladyville Wednesday afternoon. According to a female employee, just after four on Wednesday, a masked man, armed with a handgun, rushed into the office and demanded money. The woman gave her attacker five hundred dollars in cash and the man left as quickly as he had come in. Up to news time, no arrests had been made in connection with this incident. If you have any information that can assist the authorities in their investigations, please call Crimestoppers at 9-2-2. It may earn you a reward.

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