Crime — 28 March 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

Eulalio Witz, 59, a mason of the San Pablo area, San Pedro Town, has been remanded to the Belize Central Prison after he was taken to the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court on charges of aggravated robbery, possession of stolen goods, 3 counts of forgery and 3 counts of claiming upon a false document. He was remanded until May 17.

Police said that about 1:30 Monday afternoon, a businesswoman, the co-owner of a store on Northern San Pedro, was robbed by Witz at knifepoint of her purse, which contained her chequebook, cash and her personal documents.

The businesswoman, who lives in the Northern San Pedro area, was giving Witz a ride from the center of the town to the north of San Pedro Town and upon passing Lost Encantos, Witz, also known as “Hector,” pulled out a knife, put it at her side and took away her purse, which contained the cash and other items, and ran away.

The woman promptly alerted her husband.

Shortly after, at about 6:50 that same Monday evening, according to police, they responded to reports of a fight behind the RC Primary School in Northern San Pedro and on their arrival, the husband of the businesswoman who was robbed by Witz handed over Witz to them. The businessman had hunted him down, captured and beat him.

When police searched the robber, some money and a Belize Bank cheque #000646, dated March 23, in the name of Eulalio Witz for the sum of $875, was found with him. The cheque, the chequebook, the US passport of Tamara Romsa, and other personal documents were recovered from Witz.

Witz was immediately taken to the San Pedro Police Station, where he was arrested and charged. He was then taken to the court today.

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