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Dec 13, 2016

Highway Robbery! Fake Cops Stole Big Money from Travellers’ Liquors Workers

Travelers Liquors Limited took a big hit on Monday night when it was targeted by thieves. But is it an inside job?  Forty-nine thousand dollars in cash and cheques were stolen from Travelers employees en route from Belmopan to Belize City around five-thirty p.m.  The employees were traveling in a company vehicle when they were stopped at a checkpoint at mile twenty on the George Price Highway by men impersonating police officers.  One of the robbers was dressed in khaki shirt and navy pants; he asked for the driver to present his driver’s license but then pounced on the employees and locked them in the back of the truck.  They then fled with a knapsack containing the loot; forty-five thousand dollars in cash and two cheques. Police told the media today that they are looking at all angles.

 

Juanito Cocom

ASP Juanito Cocom, O.C., Ladyville Police

“At about six p.m., Ladyville detectives along with the Rural Rapid Response Team acting upon information of a robbery visited mile twenty on the George Price Highway. Upon arrival, they met Armando Perez, fifty-two years Belizean salesman representative of Travelers Liquors Limited who reported that sometime about five-forty p.m., he was traveling in the direction of Belmopan to Belize City in a ten-wheeler freightliner white truck along with three other employees of Travelers Limited. Upon reaching mile twenty on the George Price Highway, they came across what appeared to be a police checkpoint where they saw two male persons—one dressed in the Belize Police Department uniform and the other in a black BDU. At the time, they came to a complete stop. The male persons wearing the police uniform requested the driver’s license from the driver. After that, he ordered them off the road and pulled them over to the far right side where they complied. All passengers were ordered off the vehicle, taken to the back portion of the truck; they were then placed inside the back of the truck and locked up at gunpoint. During this process, one of the occupants was robbed of a cell phone. Occupants waited for about five minutes then they exited the truck and in doing so they checked and discovered a knapsack missing. The knapsack contained two checks and about forty-five thousand Belize currency in cash in assorted denominations. All the values amounted to forty-nine thousand three hundred and ninety-five Belize currency along with some invoices, the property of Travelers Liquors, which was the proceeds of the day’s sale.”

 

Reporter

“Is there any more information that’s coming from the victims because if it is that when they emerged out of the back…it was all of them who were placed in the back?”

 

ASP Juanito Cocom

“Yes, all of them were placed in the back and that’s why we are investigating. We are looking at a possible inside job.”

 

Reporter

“….because if they were locked up, was it with a lock or what?”

 

ASP Juanito Cocom

“It was not indicated. It just say they were locked up and shortly after, five minutes, they came out and noticed that the bag was missing and particularly only the bag went missing.”

 

Reporter

“Was there other things in there that could have been stolen then?”

 

ASP Juanito Cocom

“Yes, there were the products…some of the products were behind the truck as well.”

 

Reporter

“It’s only this one vehicle. You would imagine that other motorists would have seen something and I imagine…”

 

ASP Juanito Cocom

“Yes, well like everything was precise because they went and perpetrated this incident at a point where no vehicle was coming. Like everything was just organized.”

 

Duane Moody

“Just to clarify, sir…you are saying that no other vehicle came up to this checkpoint only this one vehicle?”

 

ASP Juanito Cocom

“No, only this specific vehicle.”

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