Crime — 09 May 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

It appears that a duo, armed with a sawed-off shotgun and a knife, have been robbing businesses in the town.

Less than two days after the Huan Huan Store was held up and robbed in Corozal Town, and thieves got away with about $1,000 cash, a husband and wife, owners of Ma’s Fast Food on 7th Avenue, Corozal Town, were held up at gunpoint, beaten with a gun butt and a knife handle, and robbed. The thieves got away with over $3,900 in cash and goods.

The owner of the store told police that at about 11:15 last night, he and his wife were in their store when two armed, masked men entered, and one of the thieves, who was carrying a sawed-off shotgun, pointed it at them and demanded money.

Fearing for their lives, the owner handed over $2,000 from the cash drawer, two Samsung Galaxy cell phones and $300 worth of phone cards.

However, for no reason at all, one of the thieves, who was armed with the butcher knife, beat the storeowner’s wife in the face with the knife handle, causing a swelling on the left side of her face.

The gunman then hit the storeowner’s forehead with the butt of the shotgun, then the robbers ran out of the store and escaped.

Police searched the area, but the thieves were nowhere to be found.

In a similar incident, the owner of Huan Huan Store, on 5th Street, had been in his store at about 7:00 Tuesday evening, along with his worker, when two armed, masked men entered the store. As in the Ma’s Fast Food robbery, one of the men was armed with a sawed-off shotgun, and the other was armed with a butcher knife with a blade of about 8 inches.

The gunman pointed the gun at the storeowner, and the other thief put his knife at the throat of the worker.

Fearing for their lives, the storeowner handed over the money and the thieves ran out of the store.

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