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Nov 1, 2018

Midtown Restaurant is Robbed on Halloween Day, Thieves Net a Significant Haul

A pair of thieves struck Midtown Restaurant and Bar on Wednesday evening, robbing a manager of almost twenty-five thousand dollars in jewelry, cash, cell phones and other personal items.  According to investigators, the duo entered the popular eatery sometime before six o’clock.  The men made a beeline toward the bar where they relieved the employee at gunpoint.  While the value of the items is substantial, police say they are exploring every angle, including the possibility that it may have been an inside job.  The incident which unfolded within the blink of an eye was captured on camera.

 

Wilfredo Ferrufino

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

“On October thirty-first, sometime around 5:30 p.m., police received information that there was a robbery at Midtown Restaurant on Newtown Barracks.  As a result, police visited the establishment and spoke to several persons.  What police had unearthed is that two individuals entered the establishment posing as patrons and upon entering, making their way inside, each pulled a firearm, two dark-skinned male persons.  They proceeded to rob one of the managers of jewelry, cell phones and cash amounting to twenty-four thousand, nine hundred dollars.  They made their way out of the establishment and made good their escape. We are looking at one person of interest at this time and the investigation is ongoing.”

 

Reporter

“With the amount of money that was stolen from the establishment or robbed from the establishment, that this might have been an inside job knowing that there was no one in there, for one, after five in the evening, and as well, what would the business be doing with that amount of money?  Certainly it couldn’t be the day sales.”

 

Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino

“That amount is not totally in cash.  It is property that was stolen, jewelry more so.  But yes, whenever these incidents occur we look at every angle and treat almost everyone as a suspect in an attempt to understand and to try to identify who may be involved and any suspects into the matter.”

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