Crime — 06 August 2013 — by Albert J. Ciego

A soldier of the Belize Defence Force was robbed at gunpoint by a thief who got away with $300 in cash and valuables at about 3:30 yesterday morning at the corner of McKay Boulevard and Mahogany Street.

The soldier told police that at about 3:30 yesterday morning, he was walking on Mahogany Street towards the Charles Bartlett Hyde Complex Building, from the direction of Central American Boulevard, when on his arrival at the corner of McKay Boulevard and Mahogany Street, a man riding a bicycle rode up to him and told him that this was a holdup, and attempted to pull out an object from the waist of his pants.

The soldier said that he ran into McKay Boulevard, but as he approached the junction of McKay Boulevard and Electric Avenue, the thief, who was riding a bicycle, caught up with him, pointed a gun at him and demanded money and all his valuables.

The soldier said that he became fearful that he would be shot, and handed over his cell phone, valued at $288, a white headphone valued at $15, a cigarette lighter valued at $2 and $3 cash. The robber then rode away into McKay Boulevard and disappeared into the area.

Police went to the area, where they conducted a search, but the thief was nowhere to be found.

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