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Jun 6, 2005

Robbery ends in big weapons bust

Story PicturePolice have intercepted a cache of weapons large enough to outfit a small platoon. On Saturday night, officers of the Crimes Investigation Unit stopped a vehicle at the Burrel Boom-Northern junction and a search of the three men on board resulted in the discovery of six hundred and fifty dollars hidden in the socks of one of the occupants. Hardly an unusual find. But when the vehicle was taken to the Queen Street Police Station, stripped and searched, investigators hit the mother-load. They discovered a box of nine millimetre bullets, a Glock nine-millimetre handgun loaded with a magazine containing fifteen bullets and a point thirty-eight chrome revolver with one round in the chamber. The three men later led Police to additional firearms and ammunition, including a forty-four calibre Webley handgun, a double-barrel Derringer pistol, a twelve-gauge pump action shotgun and assorted ammunition for each weapon. The series of events that ended with the detention of the three men and confiscation of the weapons began around six-thirty on Saturday evening in Orange Walk Town. A delivery truck driver for Bowen and Bowen Limited, told police that he was in the process of conducting business at a restaurant in Sugar City when he was approached by two men who were armed with short firearms, who robbed him of a waist bag containing over three thousand dollars. The driver said after the hold up, the assailants boarded a white vehicle, which sped off toward Belize City. The cops were called and a short time later, a vehicle matching the description of the getaway car drove up to the checkpoint, and the rest, as they say, is history. The three occupants have been detained pending the outcome of investigations.

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