Credit Union robbed at gunpoint

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 18, No. 3            January 17, 2008

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San Pedro police officers review the surveillance footage during their investigation.

The entire heist took place in two minutes, from 9:40 a.m. to 9:42 a.m., according to the surveillance cameras.

San Pedro police officers are currently seeking three men suspected to be the culprits of a broad daylight armed robbery of the St. Francis Xavier Credit Union. The credit union, situated on Laguna Drive in San Pedro Town, had just started their early morning shift when the incident occurred.

    According to reports, at around 9:40 a.m. on Monday, January 14th, police officers responded to a call from St. Francis Credit Union. Manager Elvis Canul reported to police that three persons of Creole decent dressed in full black attire, entered the credit union with a firearm and held up the security guard. A struggle between the men ensued but the culprits managed to overpower the guard, taking away his .38 service revolver loaded with five live rounds of ammunition. The guard, Neftoli Acosta, received an abrasion on the upper right eye during the struggle.

    In what was a two minute heist, from 9:40 a.m. to 9:42 a.m., according to the surveillance cameras (left), the men proceeded to the teller, where they demanded the money that was in the cash register. Fearing for her life, the teller handed over the money without a fight. The men fled the scene on bicycles and headed straight toward the San Juan Area where, at the lagoon’s edge, they had a get away boat waiting for them. The men made good their escape with approximately $7,880.34 in different cash denominations and the security guard’s revolver. Police officers caught up with the men only to see them leave on a white boat with red trim.

    Police officers returned to the scene of the crime where they reviewed the tapes taken from the surveillance cameras. The heist, according to the police, was done without fear or hesitation. The tapes will be used to positively identify the culprits once the men are brought to justice. As of press time, the police are seeking these individuals and warn the public that these men are considered armed and dangerous.
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