Crime — 21 February 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

A group of 4 robbers walked out of the Corozal Magistrate Court as free men yesterday after the robbery victim, Brandon Cobo, told Magistrate Hurl Hamilton that he did not want to proceed with court action against the men.

Cobo, 20, a mason of Skeleton Town area, Corozal Town, and his cousin, Isair Monima, told police that they were walking home on Santa Rita Road about 1:30 Sunday morning, February 16, and upon their arrival in front of Magaña’s Pharmacy, a brown Trooper with license plate CZL C-11374, stopped in front of them and four men got out of the vehicle.

One of the men grabbed Cobo around his neck, from behind, and told him, “you Spanish, what do you have for me?”

Cobo told police that the culprit then pushed his hand inside the right pocket of his pants and took out his pink Motorola cell phone, valued at $150, and $50 cash. The thief also snatched Cobo’s thin-link gold chain with a small cross medal, which was valued at $250. The total value of what was taken from him is about $450.

The thieves then got back into the vehicle and drove off.

Police launched a quick investigation, which led to the arrest of Glenford Castillo, 25, a laborer of Venezuelan Site; Rhys Williams, 22, a laborer of 9th Avenue, Corozal Town; Omar Tescum, 23, a laborer of Orange Walk Town; and a 17-year-old minor. They were all charged with robbery and possession of stolen goods.

The men were taken to the Corozal Magistrate’s Court yesterday, Monday. Before they were released from the court, however, the magistrate gave them a scolding and a stern warning, after which they were released from the court.

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