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Robbery in Belmopan leads to the arrest of Shane Harris Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:00

About 1:15 p.m. on April 6, 2018, police responded to a report of a robbery in progress on Zennia Street in the Cohune Walk Area in Belmopan. Upon arrival, the officers saw a white two-door cargo truck parked in front of Carrie Four Store. Initial investigations revealed that Luis Sutherland, a 70-year-old Belizean driver of Belize City, was inside the truck when he was approached by a male person who demanded that he open the door. Sutherland refused and the male person drew a black firearm and once again demanded Sutherland to open the door.  Sutherland then opened the door. The robber got in the truck, pointed the firearm at Sutherland, and took a bag which contained approximately $24,785 and a cheque for $2,175, monies from the day’s sale. The person then made good his escape.

In relation to this robbery, police have since detained two persons pending investigations. On April 6, 2018, police arrested and charged Shane Harris, a 27-year-old laborer of a Belize City address, for the crime of robbery.

According to Inspector Wilfredo Ferrufino, C.I.B., Belize City, it was the quick response by Hattieville and Belmopan police that led to the arrest of Harris. Checkpoints were set up along miles 30 to 31 on the George Price Highway where the getaway car, identified as a Dodge Nitro SUV, was intercepted. A police-car chase soon ensued which led to the flipping on the Dodge Nitro near La Democracia village.

The officers opened fire which caused Harris to be shot in the right leg. He was taken into police custody. Harris is reportedly tied to a gang in Belize City and is no stranger to police. So far, he is the only one to be charged but police investigation into this matter continues.