Crime — 21 January 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

Three men were robbed in Punta Gorda, Esperanza and Belize City in three separate incidents.

Godfrey Tillett, 69, of the Trapeche area, Santa Elena, Cayo, was robbed about 2:30 Monday evening in Esperanza. Two thieves held him up at gunpoint and robbed him of $400 and a bag that contained an undetermined amount of coins.

The thieves then hit him on the head, causing him to lose consciousness. They then escaped.

Police took Tillett to the San Ignacio Town Hospital, where doctors classified the injury to his head as wounding. Police have launched a search, but the thieves have not yet been captured

On the day before, at about 4:10 Sunday evening, Philip Leslie, 21, a paletas vendor for Blades Ice Cream located on Tigris Street, Belize City, was robbed by two men on Dungeon Street while pushing the paletas cart towards Blue Marlin Boulevard.

Two men who rode up on bicycles stopped a short distance from him. One of the men took out a gun and pointed it at his head, while the other robber searched Leslie and stole $320 – the proceeds from the paletas sales – out of the pocket of his pants.

The robbers then rode away down Blue Marlin Boulevard and into Coney Drive.

Earlier in the weekend, on Saturday at about 5:30 in the evening, Baron Edwards, 27, a caretaker of Jacintoville, Toledo, went to a house he was taking care of. On his arrival, he saw two men stealing the corrugated roofing of the house. When they saw Edwards, the two men escaped from the house into the area. Edward checked the house and found that it had been burglarized and an assortment of items had been stolen, including a white ceiling fan, two night lights, two grey outlets, latches, hinges and padlocks, the property of Robert Sheppard.

No one has yet been arrested, but police say that they are following some leads.

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