BELIZE CITY—An A&R security guard has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison after he was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith late this morning on a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery, in connection with a robbery at the A&R Belize City branch, located at Mile 1 1/2 on the Philip Goldson Highway, which took place last Wednesday, August 20, sometime after 6 p.m.
Leroy Ciego, 28, a resident of Marigold Lane, in the Lake Independence area, was read a single charge of conspiracy to commit robbery. No plea was taken from him and he was remanded to prison until his next court appearance on October 9.
Before Ciego, who was unrepresented by an attorney, left the courtroom, he asked the Chief Magistrate if he could say something.
He then made the following remarks: “I was a security guard there. I went to buy something in there in the morning. I had nothing to do with it. They said the person came back; I worked until 9:00. I really don’t want to go to jail for something I didn’t do.”
Last Wednesday, August 20, shortly after A&R closed its doors for business after 6:00 p.m., a masked, armed robber and his accomplice held up the store’s security guard at gunpoint and proceeded to rob the store.
By the time the gunman and his accomplice, who, according to police, stood guard at the main entrance of the store, were finished, A&R was robbed of over $12,000 in cash.
According to police, they received report of a robbery at the A&R store around 6:30 p.m.
Police reported that the store’s supervisor told them that at 6:27 p.m., the security guard entered the business establishment followed by a tall dark-skinned man who was wearing a stocking over his face and who had a firearm pointed at the left side of the security guard.
The gunman ordered all of the store’s employees to lie down on the floor and then he made his way to the supervisor’s office, from which he stole a bag which contained $9,084.66 in cash of different denominations.
The robber also stole a black and red Go cellular phone valued at $180 and a blue and white Huawei cellular phone valued $250, one gold ring valued at $350, and a gold bracelet with the name “Diedra” engraved on it, valued at $450.
After making that haul on the first floor, the robber then ordered all the employees to the second floor, where he demanded that the supervisor open the safe.
Fearing for her life, police reported, the supervisor opened the safe and the robber stole a container which contained $1,969.65 in cash and another container with $1,225 in cash, which, combined with the money stolen from the supervisor’s office, amounted to a total of $12,279.31.
After the robbery, the robber and his Hispanic lookout man locked the door of the store and both escaped with the loot.
Apart from Ciego, police have not made any other arrest in connection with the A&R robbery.