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Bernard Linarez granted Bail for Toledo Credit Union Robbery Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 August 2012 00:00

Bernard Linarez, a police officer, charged in connection with the June robbery of the Toledo Teacher’s Credit Union Branch, was granted bail when he appeared in the Supreme Court, on Friday, July 27th.

Linarez had been arraigned in the Dangriga Magistrate’s Court for the offense of abetment to commit robbery, on June 6th, 2012. Justice Herbert Lord offered bail in the sum of $1,000 and imposed a number of conditions. Linarez is report to the Independence Police Station every Friday of the week, between the hours of 8:30 a.m., and 4:40 p.m., and he must also not interfere with the prosecution’s witnesses.

On Monday, June 4th, 2012 at around 8:48 a.m., Independence police responded to a robbery in progress at the Toledo Teacher’s Credit Union Branch (TTCU),in Bella Vista Village, Stann Creek District.

The manager at the Credit Union had reported that sometime between 8:30a.m., and 8:45a.m., he was inside the building along with other employees. Twenty customers were also inside the building when three armed men entered and held up the employees.

Two of the assailants were masked and armed with what appeared to be M-16 rifles, while another unmasked man was armed with a 9 MM pistol.

Fearing for their lives, the cashier opened the safe. The robbers took an undisclosed amount of Belize and US currency, which they then placed inside a green military bag.

The men then escaped in a 2008 green Toyota Hilux pick-up truck, property of the credit union.

The Manager also noticed that (2) 9MM pistols with (15) live 9mm rounds each were also stolen.

No one was injured during the robbery.

Police, who were investigatign on Savannah Road, Independence Village near Independence High School, stopped and searched a dark, blue Isuzu Trooper that they saw travelling from Independence Village towards the Savannah Road and Southern Highway junction.

At the time, the trooper was driven by Nelson Bardalez, 42, a taxi driver of Independence Village. Bardalez was accompanied by three men: Oswald Young, 29, a police Constable, Zachario Cruz, 26, a police constable and Romel Elijio, 31, a Belize Defense Force Corporal.

A search of the taxi, in their presence, resulted in the discovery of a green military bag that contained $34,064.00 in Belize and U.S currency.