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Sep 5, 2008

Robberies, thefts dominate the police blotter

A businessman in Spanish lookout was the victim of a scary robbery. Thirty-three year old Dennis Dueck reported to police that around four-thirty on Thursday evening, two men dressed in black entered his store, Diverse Trades Cell Phone Shop. One of the men had a knife, which he placed to Dueck’s throat demanding money, while the other assailant restrained the merchant using rags to tie his hands. With Dueck subdued, the robbers stole sixteen cell phones, seven SIM cards, twenty-eight hundred dollars in local and U.S. currency, and over twenty-nine thousand dollars in cheques; all valued at just under forty thousand dollars. However, the culprits had little time to celebrate and police already have two persons in custody. Nineteen year old Eldon Mendoza of Unitedville and thirty-three year old Martin Gideon of Belize City have been detained pending charges of Robbery. Police have recovered all the items.

It was midmorning on that same Thursday that thirty-four year old Julian Young was jacked. Young had just finished purchasing some items at Tow Tow Supermarket on Mahogany Street in Belize City when she was held up. The robber reportedly placed a chrome handgun to Young’s neck and proceeded to rob her of a cell phone and her bag which contained personal items and three hundred dollars cash. As if that weren’t enough, the brazen robber also took off with the woman’s motorcycle.

Another vehicle, this time a truck, was stolen in a separate incident. Twenty-nine year old Renan Briceño Jr. reported to police that his blue pickup truck went missing on Thursday morning. Briceño said he parked the vehicle in front of NAPA store on Coney Drive and left for Belmopan. When he returned at around six in that evening, the truck was gone. The 2007 DFAC four-door pick-up bears license plate number C-31779.

Even the arts fell victim to thieves this week. Theatre director of the Bliss Institute for the Performing Arts reported a thousand dollars worth of equipment stolen. The two amplifiers are valued at seven thousand dollars and went missing between eleven o’clock Tuesday night and four Thursday evening.

Yet another burglar made off with massive loot on Wednesday. Forty-two year old Cleva Ortiz reported to police that someone broke into her house in Los Lagos and stole an assortment of cameras, cell phones, clothing and jewelry. The items are valued at over ten thousand dollars.

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