Crime — 17 January 2014 — by Albert. J. Ciego

The thieves stole money and jewelry, along with the gun

A 9mm pistol with serial number A2802 valued at $2,000 is in the hand of criminals after the owner of the gun and his friend were held up and robbed in their office on Racoon Street Extension in Belize City.

Berrisford Bowen, 48, a contractor and resident of Marage Road, Ladyville, Belize District, told police that about 3:30 Tuesday evening while inside his office with Leonard Wright, two men with firearms entered the office.

One of the bandits was of dark complexion, slimly built, and about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a narrow face; the other had a brown complexion, was medium built, and was about 5 feet 8 inches tall. The robber of dark complexion reportedly searched Bowen and stole his gold Cuban link chain with an elephant medal valued at $2,000 from around his neck, a gold bracelet with a metal plate in the middle of it that bore the letters B.R.B engraved on the top of it, valued at $1,000; a gold Lodge ring with a Lodge symbol on it in gold, valued at $350, and Bowen’s black 9mm Luger pistol.

While Bowen was being robbed, his friend was also being robbed by the other thief, who stole $500 in cash from him.

The two thieves then escaped out of the office and disappeared into the surrounding area. Police went to the scene, but the culprits were not found.

The loss of his gun has caused additional challenges for Bowen, because police have said that his license could be revoked for losing his gun. The police remind gun owners to be very careful with their firearms, and to properly secure them.

As press time today, the gun has not yet been recovered.

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