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#516023 - 07/16/16 11:42 AM Robbery at the Income Tax Department in Belmopan
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There is breaking news from Belmopan tonight. We have been able to confirm that the Income Tax Department was robbed this afternoon at the close of the business day while cashier were reconciling the days collections. The employees at the department were also robbed of their personal belongings including cell phones. The robbers were dressed in camouflage uniforms similar to those of the Gang Suppression Unit. According to a report, it was the department was able to alert the Belize City office through an internal messaging system. Police are still processing the scene and details at this time are few. We will have more on this developing story on Monday.

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#516072 - 07/19/16 11:36 AM Re: Robbery at the Income Tax Department in Belmopan [Re: Marty]
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Belmopan police are looking for an employee of the income tax department to charge him in connection with a daring robbery that happened at that office on Friday. Three men in camouflage clothing stormed into the building at 5:50. One of them pointed a gun at a police officer who was providing security and then tied up all four persons who were in the office – also taping up their mouths. One of the robbers then snatched $29,000.00 dollars in cash from the drawer - which were the tax receipts for the day. They then took personal items and cash from the employees as well as the police officer's weapon, a 38 revolver with five live rounds and his police cap.

Investigations, security footage and a matched fingerprint show that an employee is involved and police expect to make an arrest shortly.

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$29,000 Stolen from Belmopan Income Tax Dept.

A 29-year-old cashier of Belmopan City reported that at 5:50 p.m. on 15.07.16, she was inside the Income Tax Department Building located on Trinity Street, Belmopan City along with some co-workers when three male persons entered the building, two of whom were dressed in camouflage clothing. One of the male persons reportedly pointed a handgun towards a police officer who was performing security duties at the Income Tax Department. Wagner stated that she, her co-workers and the police officer were then tied up and their mouths were taped with duct tape. One of the men then proceeded to the cashier section and took over $29,000.00 in cash which was collected at the office for the day.

One of the assailants then took her purse valued at $640.00, $400.00 in cash and her social security card, a purse from one of her coworkers valued at $500.00 and her social security card. The men also took the police officer’s .38 revolved which contained 5 .38 live rounds and his police issued headdress.

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#516090 - 07/20/16 10:54 AM Re: Robbery at the Income Tax Department in Belmopan [Re: Marty]
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Capital Cops Make Headway in Heist Investigation

Belmopan police are tonight reporting that they have arrested the main suspects and recovered items stolen in last week Friday's heist at the income tax office in Belmopan.  As we reported, three armed men wearing camouflage stormed into the office after closing time tied up the police security, and three staffers and helped themselves to 29 thousand dollars in cash from the drawer. They also stole personal monies from the staffers.

Well, police were able to make a fingerprint match and link it to an employee.  It was called an inside job, and this evening we are told that the suspects have been arrested along with stolen items. The operation is still ongoing at this hour and we'll have more on it tomorrow.

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#516125 - 07/21/16 11:17 AM Re: Robbery at the Income Tax Department in Belmopan [Re: Marty]
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Capital Cops Catch Income Tax Heist Crew With Cash

It shocked Belmopan residents on Friday July 15th when three armed men stormed into the Income Tax office at 5:50, held everyone at gunpoint, tied up the staffers and a policeman, took the cop's gun, and then left with thirty thousand dollars from the cash drawer.  Well, last night the thieves are the ones who were stunned when Belmopan police moved in on them at the San Ignacio hideout. With help from the community and surveillance video – which captured the getaway vehicle, police were able to nab the four suspects along with weapons and cash last night.  The officer commanding in Belmopan told us more:…

Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett - OC, Belmopan Police
"The suspects left along enough personal particulars and I won't get into any further details in relation to that. That we were able know who these people were and we have all suspects in custody; 4 people total 3 men and 1 woman. We believe the woman was the driver of the vehicle at the time and the 3 men were the persons who robbed the income tax department and held up the police and the staff members. So far we been in operation last week in the San Ignacio area we were able to confiscate one rental, two motorcycles, a large cash of Belizean currency, one 9 millimetre pistol, the 38 revolver that was stolen from the police the officer at the time."

Jules Vasquez
"Was there an inside person, was there someone from the inside assisting in this crime?"

Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett - OC, Belmopan Police
"From on the onset when we heard this first I was at of the thinking that was the case. We could believe that but I don't believe we have sufficient evidence to lay a charge."

Jules Vasquez
"Is the arrest important? In so far as sending a message that even though the crime may have appeared to have well-orchestrated the investigators were still able to catch up with the suspect."

Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett - OC, Belmopan Police
"I can tell you that our officers work tirelessly the entire weekend up until just a few moments ago when we were able to get sufficient evidence to be able to direct them now to law charges against the suspects."

The four will be charged for robbery, abetment to commit robbery, and possession of two unlicensed firearms.  Other charges for these suspects and for the alleged inside person may follow.

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#516142 - 07/22/16 11:04 AM Re: Robbery at the Income Tax Department in Belmopan [Re: Marty]
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The Income Tax Five Go To Court

Tonight, 19 year-old Devon Brooks Jr. Seen here in white, 23 year-old David Cruz Jr., seen here in Green, and 33 year-old Richard Hyde, who is the other older man in white, are at the Belize Central Prison after the were arraigned in the Belmopan Magistrate's Court the heist at the Income Tax Department on last week Friday evening,

They have been charged with 3 counts of robbery for the almost 30 thousand dollars stolen at gunpoint.
Cruz his mother, Stephanie Cruz, and Brooks have been charged with keeping unlicensed ammunition, and keeping an unlicensed firearm for a cop's gun found at their home. Brooks and Cruz are also charged with aggravated assault

Ischelle Tablada, a former Government employee who has since resigned has been charged with abetment to commit robbery because police believe that she acted as an accomplice, driving the getaway car. The Magistrate read them all their charges this evening, and after objections by the prosecution, she remanded them into custody. This evening, Tablada's attorney told us that he was surprised that the magistrate did not accept his submission to grant Tablada bail, given that she is a single mother, who takes care of her ailing mother:

Leroy Banner - Attorney for Defence
"They were trying to press on the court that under section 16 of the crime control act that abetment to commit robbery is a bail able offence and in this case my client she has 3 young children and her mother is sick and think that it is better that bail should be given because the evidence, there is no evidence whatsoever that links her to the crime."

Mike Rudon
"Were you surprised that she was denied bail?"

Leroy Banner - Attorney for Defence
"Of course I was surprised."

Mike Rudon
"What was the argument the prosecution to object to bail?"

Leroy Banner - Attorney for Defence
"The prosecution is saying they still need to try and recover more money and that robbery is on the rise in Belize pretty much."

Mike Rudon
"From being in court you have any idea of the other 3 men. I know you were not their attorney but could you give us an idea of what happened with them?"

Leroy Banner - Attorney for Defence
"Bail was denied because they were charged with firearm offences and under the law the magistrate cannot give them bail for firearm offences so they was no argument per say because it automatic that you go to Supreme Court for bail."

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