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Apr 9, 2018

Elderly Driver Robbed in Belmopan

Wilfredo Ferrufino

Just after one on Friday afternoon, police responded to a robbery in progress on Zennia Street in the Cohune Walk area of Belmopan. A cargo truck parked in front of Carrie Four Store was the target of an armed robber, who approached the driver, seventy-year-old Luis Sutherland. The Belize City resident was inside the truck when he was ordered at gunpoint to open the door of the truck. When he did, the gunman got inside the vehicle, pointed the firearm at him and relieved him of a bag containing the day’s sales of approximately twenty-seven thousand dollars; twenty-four thousand seven hundred and eighty-five dollars in cash and a cheque for two thousand one hundred and seventy-five dollars. The robber then jumped out of the vehicle and into a getaway vehicle drove off towards the George Price Highway.

 

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

“Belmopan Police responded to a robbery in the Cohune Walk area where they discovered seventy-year-old Luis Sutherland, a security guard and truck driver, who reported that he was approached by a brown-skinned male person and was ordered to open the door for the vehicle that he was in, a van, and upon refusal the person drew a firearm and with that he opened the door of the vehicle he was in. And that said person then relieved him of a bag containing twenty-four thousand seven hundred and eighty-five dollars in cash. The person made good his escape.”

 

Reporter

“Could you say what company that guy or that truck driver was working for?”

 

Voice of: Cpl. Hortence Hernandez, Public Relations, Belize Police Department

“Usually we don’t do that…no.”

 

Reporter

“Was the money recovered?”

 

Reporter

“Was he alone in the vehicle sir?”

 

Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino

“Yes; from the information that I have, yes.”

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