A mother and family had their vehicle commandeered near Armenia in Cayo. Thirty eight year old Melonie Popper Coc, a Belizean Manager of Ladyville, Belize District, reported that on Saturday, 2nd January 2016 about 7:15pm she was driving a blue-grey 2007 Isuzu D-Max, four door pickup, with license plate# BZ-C-43751 property of Puma Energy Limited. The businesswoman was travelling along with her mother and 4 other children from Belmopan to Pomona Village, Stann Creek District. Upon reaching the second bump in Armenia Village, she pulled over to the side of the highway to make a phone call where she exited the pickup and whilst on her phone she was approached by a male person of hispanic descent, slim built, about 5 feet 3 inches in height. The man had a low haircut and moustache, he was wearing a camouflage jacket and underneath the jacket was a plain white T- shirt, he also had on a dark cargo type short pants. After approaching Coc, he told her to give him her phone.
The man then opened his camouflage jacket and pulled out a pistol. Fearing for her life Coc handed the phone to him. He then grabbed her from her arm and walked her to the vehicle and told her to sit in the back seat. He then took out all the children along with her mother from the vehicle. A second male person was already in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. The strangers then ordered Coc out of the car, as well, and drove off in the direction of Belmopan.
The car jackers had left an entire family abandoned at a major highway, but that was not the end of their troubles. The vehicle taken by the car thieves is valued at $12,000.00 Belize currency. Inside the vehicle Melonie Coc had a purse containing $1,400.00 in cash, a white Blackberry phone registered to Puma Energy with # 610-1838 and valued at $1,200.00. At the time of the robbery, she also had two Samsung Galaxy tab4, valued $525.00 each, a Navy Blu brand phone valued $700.00 with number 631-9000. She also had assorted cards and other personal belongings like clothing and shoes valued at $500.00 all to a total of $16,850.00.