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Nov 29, 2012

63 year old woman defiant during robbery

Two women were victims of thieves this week. On Monday, forty nine year old Rosa Tejada, a resident of Dean Street left her home between nine a.m. and four thirty p.m. When she returned she discovered that one thousand three hundred Belize dollars, an additional hundred dollars in other currencies, and two gold chains valued at one thousand two hundred and seventy five dollars were missing from her room. But there’s another incident that has left sixty-three year old Veronica Allen in fright. On Tuesday November twenty seventh, she was accosted by two young men who robbed her, but she braced the thieves and managed to hold on to one earring. She did not wish to appear on camera, and the courageous woman says these types of incidents never happened to the elderly when she was growing up.


Voice of: Veronica Allen, Robbery Victim

“I was coming from my field service ministry and I di come down Magazine Road coming to my home right. And two houses before I reach Vernon Street, these two guys; one on bicycle and one on foot and then they rush me and seh give me dat. And I seh give you what? Dehn seh give me dat and by di time I do my head so, di next one grab mi hand and pop off my bracelet. Den di other one, di lee short one—dah one younger bout sixteen to seventeen soh, di other one on di bicycle is older is like a Rastafarian, he has a hood on his head and he’s darker dan di other one. So while he pop off my bracelet, di other one tek off one ah my earring and I pull out one and I had di other earring in my hands. When he si dat, he seh give me dah next one. I seh no. Ih seh well give me di bag and ih start to haul and di haul di bag and I fight back. So two men were on di other side of the street so to get away from them, I run to across the street to di two men dem right and so di men dehn seh Miss, look how dehn tek weh yoh things. I seh yes and by di time I look di other direction to see where they went, I don’t see them so I don’t know where they turned to. But I know that it was two of them, one short and a tall one and it’s a Rastafarian with a hood on the head. So I came home, shaken up and I tell my son and my husband and my son and my husband ride around to see if they see them but they noh see them again. Later on, my son went back to the spot where I describe ah, and ih find the glass from my glasses and ih come and ih place back di glass; dats why I have my glasses today. I was so shaken up, to tell you the truth, I can’t really describe them the way I want to but I know they’re gonna hit somebody again. But I am so sad about it that it happened to me and I know it’s gonna happen to somebody again.”


Jose Sanchez

You don’t expect this sort of thing to happen to older citizens but you are the second person, woman that it has happened to in the past couple days. Does that frighten you, what the city is coming to?”


Voice of: Veronica Allen

“Oh, plenty because I used to boast about Belize and like me, I am a mother and most of my kids are boys, I love boys. And when I see dem react like dat, like me I thought that they would be the one to protect me as an elderly person so seeing them come to attack me, it really hurt my heart because I look up to them to protect me, not to hurt me. So what else they’re gonna do? they could—I’m just in my sixties, maybe somebody come around eighties or nineties, they’re gonna hurt them too. They don’t care, they don’t respect nobody. This is not Belize because when I was younger, we respect elderly people. We really respect elderly people. We don’t even want cuss around elderly people but that’s what they’re doing today.”

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5 Responses for “63 year old woman defiant during robbery”

  1. Storm says:

    I hope they catch and convict all these robbers. A decade or more in prison would be just for them.

    I admire the feisty senior lady, but in truth, I advise my loved ones to give up the property in that situation because it is not worth their lives. I’m glad it ended fairly safely for her.

  2. Rod says:

    This is what this society has come to under this administration nothing but murderers thieves, rapist since society as a whole sees its leaders stealing openly they say well if they could do it why not me. Sorry @$$ pm and gov. Guan judas guannnnnnnnnnnn

  3. Al says:

    This is a sad story. The law abibing and elderly people are under seige, what is it coming to when an elderly woman is robbed by boys. Are parents not teaching their children to take a machette and go around cut some yards make cigarette or Belikin money, what are we teaching the young people? Every day there is a story that shed an advancement on the level of crime that we face. These two are already looking for their next victim, because this lady sounds like she did not have much for them to take. By this story people knows who these two are, but I am sure their family is protecting them, I hope the law is keeping watch for them, they will strike again.

  4. Southern says:

    I would give give her a gun….

  5. krofigyal says:

    Everybody needs to be careful now. I am sad for this poor lady who still feels it is safe to walk around with jewelry in Belize City. Thank goodness she is unharmed and lived to tell the story. I pray that the young men will see the light of God and reform their ways.

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