Crime — 13 May 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

The Belize Western Energy Limited (BWEL), a butane gas company located in San Ignacio, was robbed by two thieves who escaped with thousands of dollars in cash, cheques and valuables at about 2:30 Thursday afternoon.

The supervisor was in the office when two thieves, one armed with a pistol, entered. The gunman pointed his gun at the security guard who was on duty in the office and disarmed him.

While the armed thief held the security guard and the supervisor hostage at gunpoint, his accomplice went into the cash register and stole all the money that was in it, amounting to about $1,95l, which consisted of the proceeds from the sale of butane for the day.

The thieves also stole Belize Bank cheques and other personal items from the staff, which together totaled about $5,380 in value. The two thieves then left the station and disappeared.

Police have not detained anyone as yet.

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