Crime — 08 April 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

Two stores were robbed on Santa Rita Road in Corozal on Wednesday and Thursday, and thieves got away with cash, phone cards and an iPhone.

At about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday night, two thieves robbed Bam’s Shop and got away with $1,500 and an iPhone from a storeowner and $7 from a customer and got away.

Then, at about 7:15 p.m. on Thursday night, China Store was robbed and two thieves got away with $1,200 in cash from the cash register and $700 worth of Smart phone cards.

In the incident on Wednesday, Jiam Bon Wu, 28, a Chinese businessman of Santa Rita Road, the owner of Bam’s Store, was robbed at gunpoint. He told police that at about 9:00 that night, two gunmen entered the store when he pulled up the shutters to allow his brother-in-law to come out of the store.

The robbers entered the store and pulled down the shutters, then took them hostage. At the time, a customer was in the store, and he also was held up.

One of the robbers pointed a gun at them and ordered them not to move or make noise. The other thief went into the cash drawer and stole all the money that was in it, after which the thieves searched them and stole an iPhone from the store owner and $7.00 from the customer.

The thieves then escaped out of the store, stealing the customer’s bicycle.

Police are investigating.

The following evening, Ri You Lin, 42, a Chinese businesswoman of Santa Rita Road, Corozal Town, told police that she was at her store, China Store, when two men of dark complexion, wearing stockings on their faces – one armed with a 9mm pistol and the other with a machete – entered her store.

The gunman pointed the gun at her and demanded money. Fearing for her life, she cooperated and the robber who was armed with the machete went into the cash drawer and stole all the money.

The two thieves then left the store, and rode away on two bicycles.

Police have not yet found the thieves.

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