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Nov 23, 2017

Robbers Strike it Rich with Escuela Mexico’s Dinero

Alejandro Cowo

Was the theft of a substantial amount of monies from the principal and bursar of Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico the result of a well-orchestrated heist or did their assailant benefit from a chance hold up?  A police investigation into the incident which took place in the Corozal District on Tuesday is ongoing.  According to twenty-two-year-old William Mendoza, he departed the school grounds around two-thirty that afternoon, along with seventy-three-year-old Carlos Castillo, en route to Corozal Town to make a deposit.  Somewhere between miles seventy-seven and seventy-eight, the vehicle they were traveling began giving trouble and they had to pull over to the side of the Phillip Goldson Highway.  While Mendoza was examining the engine, an unidentified man approached him from behind and placed a machete to his neck, before demanding money and then making off with more than eight thousand dollars in cash.

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

“Corozal police responded to a robbery at Aventura, that is between Libertad and San Joaquin Village.  Upon arrival police encountered Mr. Carlos Castillo, the principal of Escuela Secundaria Mexico and the bursar, Mr. William Mendoza.  They reported that they had left from La Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico which is in San Roman Village  and they were proceeding to Scotia Bank in Corozal to make deposits from the day sales from the canteen and for other fees they collected from the high school, you know.  Upon reaching the Aventura area, the vehicle had [began] to experience mechanical problems.  The driver, Mr. Mendoza, exited the vehicle and began to inspect what was the problem.  And while doing so, he was approached from behind by a male person who placed a machete on him and thereafter went to where Mr. Castillo was and demanded money.  Both were robbed of their personal belongings and the amount of cash that was to be deposited at the bank.  The amount of money is eight thousand, six hundred and sixty-seven dollars which is property of the high school.  At this moment police are seeking two male persons that can assist them in the investigation. According to the investigators, there is nothing point to [the idea] that it was planned or anything like that.  It was just a crime of opportunity.”

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