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Apr 9, 2018

Police Catch At Least 1 Culprit in Belmopan Robbery

Shane Harris

Police quickly got into action and set up a checkpoint between miles thirty and thirty-one on the George Price Highway to intercept the getaway car, identified as a Dodge nitro van.  Police set chase after the robbers, who lost control of the vehicle and flipped near the entrance to La Democracia. In the process, the pursuing officers opened fire at the robbers; twenty-seven-year-old Shane Harris was shot to the right leg and taken into police custody. Harris is a Belize City resident, reportedly tied to a gang in Belize, and is no stranger to police; on Sunday, he was officially charged for robbery. Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino explains:


Wilfredo Ferrufino

Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino, C.I.B., Belize City

“Quick response by Belmopan and Hattieville police resulted in the detention of one Shane Harris, a twenty-seven-year-old resident of Belize City; he has since been charged for the crime of robbery.”


Andrea Polanco

“Now, with respect to this Mister Shane, was he acting alone or was there a second person involved?”


Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino

“So far, he has been the only person that has been charged. I am sure that the investigation is ongoing.”


Andrea Polanco

“Is there anything to indicate that more than one person was involved?”


Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino

“I don’t have those information in regards to the information.”


Andrea Polanco

“Is there anything that would maybe tie Shane to that particular business? Was he an employee or…?”


Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino

“Not that we know of. I know that Mister Shane Harris is a resident of Belize City; I don’t know him to…”


Andrea Polanco

“So he has no connection to that business before this incident?”


Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino

“Not that we know of.”



“In the process of arresting Mister Shane, were any shots fired sir to stop him from escaping?”


Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino

“In the process of him being arresting, yes, shots were fired and he sustained a gunshot wound to the right leg.”


Andrea Polanco

“Sir, is Shane known to be a career criminal, someone who has been involved in these kinds of things?”


Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino

“Yes, he is known to us; he is known to the police in Belize City.”


Luckily, Sutherland was not injured in the crime and police have since recovered five thousand dollars cash. The firearm used in the commission of the crime has not been recovered.

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