Crime — 28 March 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego
Money changers robbed on the Western border

Two money changers who work at Belize’s western border with Guatemala were robbed by two men, believed to be Guatemalans, who stole over $2,700 from the money changers, after which the robbers fired shots in the area and escaped back over the border into Guatemala.

The incident occurred about 6:00 p.m. Friday evening.

Assistant Superintendent Dinsdale Thompson, Commander of Benque police, said that they responded to reports of a robbery at about 6:00 Friday evening. He said that the two persons, believed to be Guatemalans, were described as well-dressed.

Thompson said that their investigation has begun, and he is working closely with the police in Melchor De Mencos. Also, as a result of such incidents, armed police officers have now been placed on the border, and they will be carrying heavier caliber firearms than those carried by the bandits, which were 9mm pistols.

Thompson said that the joint investigation with the Guatemala police will be fruitful due to the ongoing good relations between the two policing units.

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