On Tuesday, February 25, a Mexican businessman, Ricardo Villasenior, 43, of Las Flores Manzoni, Calle Alcatraz, Quintana Roo, Mexico, was robbed at gunpoint in the Corozal Free Zone. The thieves got away with $1,250,000.00 pesos in different denominations, which is the equivalent of BZ$208,000, and then, after further taking Villasenior’s cellphone and an additional 800 pesos out of his pocket, locked him up in his car trunk.
Police have arrested Benigno Loria, 21, of San Andres, Corozal, who is a former employee of North American Store where Villasenior was robbed; Israel Rancharan, 22, a laborer of Venezuelan Site, Corozal Town; Hector Kelly, 26, a laborer of Halls Layout, Corozal Town; and Zandon Myers, 18, a laborer of 4th Avenue, Corozal Town.
Loria and Rancharan were charged by police with conspiracy to commit robbery. They were taken to the Corozal Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, where they were offered bail of $15,000 each and ordered to return to court on May 6. The men were able to meet bail, and were released from custody.
Myers and Kelly were charged with robbery in the Corozal Magistrate’s Court on Monday. They were offered bail of $20,000 each and ordered to return to court on Monday, May 19.
Police said that Kelly and Myers were arrested after they were identified as the robbers in an identification parade.