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Mar 24, 2014

Brazen robbery of two money changers at the Western border

A daring, late-evening heist at the western border last Friday, believed to be the work of a duo of Guatemalan bandits, remains the subject of a joint police investigation.  The armed robbers, described as properly attired, were bold enough to enter Belizean territory where they proceeded to jack a pair of money changers of almost three thousand dollars in cash.  Antonio Ochaeta and a colleague, who remains unnamed, were relieved of the money they use to conduct their business.  The incident has once again raised serious concerns about our border security, as a number of shots were reportedly fired during the commission of the crime.  Despite the presence of an officer at the crossing, the men managed to make good their escape.  According to Assistant Superintendent Dinsdale Thompson, Benque Viejo police are working closely with their Guatemalan counterparts, having reviewed surveillance footage of the incident, to apprehend the suspects.

 

ASP Dinsdale Thompson, O.C., Benque Viejo Police

Dinsdale Thompson

“Sometime around 5:30 p.m. Friday, we received a report from individuals at the border that two individuals of Hispanic descent which we believe to be Guatemalans came over to the Belizean side and carried out a robbery of two money exchangers, Belizean money exchangers on the Belizean side.  Our investigation has revealed so far that there are some twenty-seven hundred Belize dollars which were stolen during the time of the robber on Friday evening.  At this moment what we are doing Isani is that we are working along with the Guatemalans whom we do have a good relationship, the authorities over there, we have a good relationship working along with them and we are trying to ascertain who are these people who came over on Belizean soil to carry out this robbery.  In the past we have worked along with them and have gotten our, our relationship has been built and so we have good working relationship with them and we expect that these robbers will be captured and be dealt with according to the laws of Belize.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“I understand that shots were also fired during this incident.”

 

ASP Dinsdale Thompson

“Yes.  At the time the suspects opened fire with a nine millimeter [handgun].  We have retrieved certain expended shells from the ground where the incident had occurred and what we are doing, is that we have already called in our forensic expert and we are dealing with those parts of the investigation so far.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“I also understand that the victims are a bit reluctant in terms of coming forward and assisting with, maybe information that could have allowed you guys to make an arrest.”

 

ASP Dinsdale Thompson

“Yes, we have a little delay there.  In the past, I believe that what has happened to the victims in the past we have had incidents as such in the country and then knowing certain behavior of criminals, how they would threaten and these different types of things in relation to people.  One good thing is that no one got hurt.  What the suspects did was to shoot up in the air, no one got hurt.  We responded to the crime scene, however at our time of response the suspects they had already crossed over into the Guatemalan side and went into Guatemala by that time.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“This is not so much a question for you but maybe you can shed light on how this works.  In terms of border management, I understand that officers are normally installed in that general area.”

 

ASP Dinsdale Thompson

“Yes, we do have officers and at the time we had a police officer there, an armed police officer; however, what we do have because the border is not just a small area, we do have officers going back and forth and at the time of the robbery the officer was not too far away; however, by the time he came over the assailants had already went into Guatemala side.”

 

It is believed that the robbers are from the Melchor area.

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2 Responses for “Brazen robbery of two money changers at the Western border”

  1. Teddy Steinway says:

    It’s a voluntary border surrounding the whole country. If you are an honourable person then there are border crossings. For the rest of us there is this example of Belizean border security.

  2. I Belize this joke: Ali Babarrow. bada boom, ha ha says:

    It is a two way street. recently a vehicle full of contraband coming from Belize, attacked the Guat customs.

    Belize is no longer a country, just a haven for criminal entrepreneurs, ALI at the helm.

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