Crime — 30 May 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

Eloy Perdomo, 18, a laborer of Trial Farm, Orange Walk District, who is one of two men who reportedly robbed Belize Western Energy Limited, a butane gas company office, in San Ignacio and held up the manager at gunpoint, stealing $1,915.43 in cash and two Belize Bank cheques totaling $1,874.58, was remanded on Friday to the Belize Central Prison on robbery charges until Thursday, July 10, by the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court.

The incident occurred at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8. In the office at the time were supervisor Ernest Hill, 46, his son, 13, and a security guard. Hill told police that around 5:50 p.m., two men ran into the office. They were not wearing masks.

One of the men was armed with a handgun, which he held to the neck of the security guard, whom he held in a chokehold. The gunman then ordered their victims not to move, or he would shoot them.

The second thief was armed with a knife, which he placed on Hill’s abdomen and ordered him to hand over all the money.

Fearing for his life and that of his son and the security guard, Hill complied and handed over all the money from the day’s sales. The knifeman took the money and put it in a brown knapsack he was wearing.

The thieves additionally stole $180 cash out of Hill’s pocket and a black BlackBerry cell phone valued at $35; $248 cash was stolen from the pocket of the security guard, along with his black iPhone 4, valued at $1,500.

The thieves also stole Hill’s Acer brand laptop, valued at $1,650, and all items were put inside a brown knapsack carried by the knifeman. The security guard and the minor’s hands were taped with duct tape, while Hill was locked inside a bathroom.

The two thieves then ran out of the office, out of the compound, and across the street into the Victor Galvez Stadium.

Police’s investigation led them to Eloy Perdomo, who was arrested. He reportedly cooperated with the investigation, and police are now seeking the second robber, now known to them.

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